Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text and Readings

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Pine Forge Press, 2008 - Social Science - 883 pages
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A unique hybrid of text and readings, this book combines the major writings of sociology's core classical and contemporary theorists with an historical as well as theoretical framework for understanding them. Laura Desfor Edles and Scott A Appelrouth provide not just a biographical and theoretical summary of each theorist/reading, but an overarching scaffolding which students can use to examine, compare and contrast each theorists' major themes and concepts. No other theory text combines such student-friendly explanation and analysis with original theoretical works.

Key features include:

* Pedagogical devices and visual aids - charts, figures and photographs - to help summarize key concepts, illuminate complex ideas and provoke student interest

* Chapters on well-known figures, such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Parsons and Foucault as well as an in-depth discussion of lesser known voices, such as Charlotte Perkins-Gilman, WEB Du Bois, and Leslie Sklair

* Photos of not only the theorists, but of the historical milieu from which the theories arose as well as a glossary at the back

  

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A good book for introductory course on classical cannons of Sociology. I use this to teach my students.

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This is a really great textbook and the selections are a good overview of theory. I have a copy printed in 2008 but it looks like this edition. Other than leaving out some contemporary theorists, I ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
FOUNDATIONS OF CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
21
Karl Marx
22
Emile Durkheim
85
Max Weber
140
CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY EXPANDING THE FOUNDATION
195
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
196
Georg Simmel
233
Erving Goffman
478
Arlie Russell Hochschild
518
Phenomenology
537
Alfred Schutz
538
Peter Berger
553
Patricia Hill Collins
606
Judith Butler
622
Poststructural and Postmodern Theories
631

W E B Du Bois
274
George Herbert Mead
310
TWENTIETHCENTURY SOCIOLOGICAL TRADITIONS
347
Structural Functionalism
348
Talcott Parsons
350
Robert K Merton
382
Critical Theory
395
Max Horkheimer
397
Herbert Marcuse
398
Exchange Theory
437
George Homans
438
Peter Blau
454
Symbolic Interactionism and Dramaturgy
474
Michel Foucault
641
Jean Baudrillard
665
Contemporary Theoretical Synthesis
683
Pierre Bourdieu
684
Jurgen Habermas
719
Anthony Giddens
753
The Global Society
787
Immanuel Wallerstein
797
Edward Said
815
References
838
Image Source Information
849
Index
852
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About the author (2008)

Scott Appelrouth (Ph.D., New York University, 2000) is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. His interests include social theory, cultural sociology, and social movements. He teaches classical and contemporary theory at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and has published various articles in research and teaching journals.

Laura Desfor Edles (Ph.D., UCLA, 1990) is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Cultural Sociology in Practice (Blackwell Publishers, 2002), and various articles on social theory and culture.

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