This text provides an overview of the major classical theorists, contemporary schools of sociological thought, and spans the history of sociological theory from its inception to the present. This edition has been updated and revised to include a number of sections on new developments in the field, such as theories of consumption and the new means of consumption, multiculturism, and criticisms and applications of postmodernism and post-post modernism.
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