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Sociological Theory

Sociological Theory - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761985570

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Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Published: 2001
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Sociological Theory - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761985570

Bert Adams and R.A. Sydie

ISBN13: 978-0761985570
ISBN10: 0761985573
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Pine Forge Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

This book connects theorists and their work to larger themes and ideas. All too often, in the opinion of the authors, theory texts focus too much on individual theorists and insufficiently on the relationship between their theories, and how these have contributed, in turn, to the evolution of ideas concerning social life. Treatment of individual theories and theorists is balanced with the development of key themes; ideas about social life (introduced in Chapter 1) which then reappear in the discussion of individual theorists and their work.

A key organizing principle of this text is to trace major schools of thought over the past 150 years as they appear and reappear in different chapters. Section 1 introductions help remind students of the "big picture" within which any given theory or theorist is only one part. A consistent organization and presentation within chapters helps provide students with a context for learning and a means of much more easily comparing and contrasting theorists and their ideas.

Important, new voices in a text for social theory: In Chapter 2, Harriet Martineau is introduced as one of sociology's founders. From then on, the views of women theorists and others are represented in far more than token fashion. Examples include W.E.B. DuBois, Marianne Weber, Charlotte Gilman, Rosa Luxemburg, Joseph Schumpeter, V. I. Lenin, Niklas Luhmann, Theda Skocpol, Erik Wright, Elman Service, Arlie Hochschild, Dorothy Smith, Patricia Hill Collins, and Immanual Wallerstein. · A timeline showing when social theorists lived and wrote and connecting their biographies to important social events over 300 years is at the back of the text.

Author Bio

Adams, Bert N. :

Sydie, R A : University of Alberta

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE: THE EUROPEAN ROOTS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY

The Origins of Sociological Theory Saint-Simon, Comte and Martineau
Theorizing after the French Revolution

PART TWO: CONSERVATIVE THEORIES Spencer and Sumner

Evolutionism and Functionalism Durkheim
Social Realism and Functionalism Extended

PART THREE: RADICAL THEORY Marx and Engels

Radical Anti-Capitalism Lenin and Luxemburg
Marxism Extended

PART FOUR: SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF COMPLEXITY AND FORM Max Weber and Marianne Weber

Social Action and Societal Complexity Simmel
The Sociology of Form and Content

PART FIVE: SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS Pareto and Michels

Political Sociological Theories Veblen and Schumpeter
Economic Sociological Theories

PART SIX: OTHER VOICES IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIZING Gilman and Webb

Society and Gender Du Bois
Sociological Theory and Race Cooley, Mead and Freud
Society, Self and Mind

PART SEVEN: TWENTIETH-CENTURY FUNCTIONALISM AND BEYOND Parsons and Merton

Twentieth-Century Functionalism Luhmann and Giddens
Systems, Structuration and Modernity

PART EIGHT: CRITICISM, MARXISM AND CHANGE

Critical Theory
The Frankfurt School and Habermas
Marxism since 1930
Socio-Cultural Change
Evolution, World Systems and Revolution

PART NINE: TRANSITIONS AND CHALLENGES

Mid-Twentieth-Century Sociology Blumer, Goffman and Hochschild
Symbolic Interactionism Coleman
Rational Choice and Exchange Smith and Collins
Feminist Sociological Theory
Knowledge, Truth and Power
Foucault's Discourse and the Feminist Response
Final Thoughts on Sociological Theorizing

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