Thomas S. Henricks

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Thomas S. Henricks is an American academic who served as the J. Earl Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distinguished University Professor at Elon University. His research focuses on social theory, modernization and change, popular culture, social stratification, race and ethnic relations, and the sociology of play, games and sport. [1]

Elon University private liberal arts university in Elon, North Carolina, United States

Elon University is a private liberal arts university in Elon, North Carolina. Founded in 1889 as Elon College, Elon offers degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences, and law. Elon is organized into five schools, most of which offer bachelor's degrees and several of which offer master's degrees or professional doctorate degrees.

Social theory analytical framework, or paradigm, that is used to study and interpret social phenomena

Social theories are analytical frameworks, or paradigms, that are used to study and interpret social phenomena. A tool used by social scientists, social theories relate to historical debates over the validity and reliability of different methodologies, the primacy of either structure or agency, as well as the relationship between contingency and necessity. Social theory in an informal nature, or authorship based outside of academic social and political science, may be referred to as "social criticism" or "social commentary", or "cultural criticism" and may be associated both with formal cultural and literary scholarship, as well as other non-academic or journalistic forms of writing.

Popular culture is generally recognized by members of a society as a set of the practices, beliefs and objects that are dominant or ubiquitous in a society at a given point in time. Popular culture also encompasses the activities and feelings produced as a result of interaction with these dominant objects. Heavily influenced in modern times by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of people in a given society. Therefore, popular culture has a way of influencing an individual's attitudes towards certain topics. However, there are various ways to define pop culture. Because of this, popular culture is something that can be defined in a variety of conflicting ways by different people across different contexts. It is generally viewed in contrast to other forms of culture such as folk culture, working-class culture, or high culture, and also through different theoretical perspectives such as psychoanalysis, structuralism, postmodernism, and more. The most common pop-culture categories are: entertainment, sports, news, politics, fashion/clothes, technology, and slang.

The son of a college professor and a writer, Henricks grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he received his B.A. in sociology and anthropology. After graduating, Henricks worked for two years as a social worker with the Department of Public Aid in Chicago. He then attended the University of Chicago where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology. [1]

North Central College

North Central College is a private liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has nearly 70 areas of study in undergraduate majors, minors, and programs through 19 academic departments organized in three undergraduate colleges/schools and a masters program.

Naperville, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located 28 miles (45 km) west of Chicago, Naperville was founded in 1831 and developed into the fifth-largest city in Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 141,853, which was estimated to have increased to 147,682 by 2017.

Sociology Scientific study of human society and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions

Sociology is the study of society, patterns of social relationships, social interaction and culture of everyday life. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, acceptance, and change or social evolution. While some sociologists conduct research that may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro-sociology level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.

After teaching for a year at the University of Indianapolis, Henricks joined the Elon University faculty in 1977. In 1990, he received the University’s Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1997, he was appointed Elon’s first J. Earl Danieley Professor. In fall 2003, Henricks was named Distinguished University Professor. [1] He retired in 2018. [2] [3]

University of Indianapolis private college in Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis, or UIndy, is a United Methodist Church-affiliated university located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit university offering Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees. It was founded in 1902 as Indiana Central University and was popularly known as Indiana Central College from 1921 until 1975. In 1986 the name was changed to University of Indianapolis.

Henricks' books include:

Henricks has been noted for his explanations of the role of football in 16th century England. [4]

Henricks also writes a blog titled "The Pathways of Experience” for Psychology Today. [5]

<i>Psychology Today</i> American magazine focused on psychology

Psychology Today is a magazine published every two months in the United States since 1967.

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  1. 1 2 3 "Thomas S. Henricks". Elon University. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  2. "Elon's 2018 faculty retirees recognized". E-Net. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  3. Delgado, Anton L. (May 2, 2018). "One of the largest groups of faculty prepare to retire from Elon". ENN. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  4. "Why Did Henry VIII Try to Ban Football?". Gizmodo UK. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  5. "Play as a Basic Pathway to the Self: An Interview with Thomas S. Henricks" (PDF). American Journal of Play. 7. Spring 2015.