Modern Sociological Theory

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SAGE, Jan 21, 1994 - Social Science - 368 pages
This innovative textbook presents an up-to-date synthesis of the central debates in contemporary social thought. It offers a different framework for the study of social theory. By focusing on the core concepts and issues - rather than on schools of thought or individual theorists - Malcolm Waters relates past and present theory to the key concerns of sociology today.

Modern Sociological Theory gives a lucid overview of: the core concepts that sociological theory must address and attempt to reconcile - agency, rationality, structure and system; and the main phenomena that sociological theory sets to explain - culture, power, gender, differentiation and stratification.

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Contents

Approaches to sociological theory
5
The main concepts
11
Founding arguments
17
seeing things
31
volunteering for action
40
Conclusion
50
the maximization of individual interest
56
trading associations
66
Contemporary constructionist theories of culture
192
The neoWeberian critique of ideology theory
202
Conclusion
212
Founding arguments
219
power from the possession of property
226
power as politics
235
Polymorphic power
244
Gender and feminism
250

power to the people who have power
72
games Marxists play
78
Conclusion
87
Founding arguments
94
Contemporary theories of social structure
104
the structuralist version
115
Recent French structuralism and poststructuralism
122
an overarching order
130
systems within systems
142
paradise regained
152
steering theory straight
161
Conclusion
167
Culture and ideology
173
NeoMarxian critical theory
182
Contemporary developments
256
Biological and sexual structuralist theory
266
Critical and materialist structuralist theory
274
Poststructuralist theories
285
Differentiation and stratification
291
Theories of the future of differentiation
310
Conclusion
320
possession is all
328
market forces 33 3
333
Conclusion
339
Three diagnoses
346
References
355
Index
364
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