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Contemporary Sociological Theory Expanding the Classical Tradition

ISBN-10: 0131850512
ISBN-13: 9780131850514
Edition: 6th 2006
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Description: This book examines the assumptions and concepts of the five major sociological theories and the classical roots of the modern theories. It focuses specifically on functionalism, conflict theory, theories of rational choice, symbolic interactionism,  More...

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Book details

List price: $123.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 2/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.190
Language: English

This book examines the assumptions and concepts of the five major sociological theories and the classical roots of the modern theories. It focuses specifically on functionalism, conflict theory, theories of rational choice, symbolic interactionism, and phenomenology. Focusing on writers whose work has most influenced social theory, this book explores the key concepts of each theory, the background of the major theorists, empirical applications, and everyday "lay" use of each perspective. The book also features examples of research based on actual theory, direct quotations from major theorists, and feminist contributions and critiques on each major perspective. The sixth edition of Contemporary Sociological Theory: Continuing the Classical Traditionhas been revised to include updated research examples that were theoretically driven. An essential reference for every professional whose work is related to sociology.

The Understanding Of Society
Functionalism
Talcott Parsons: Grand Theory
Robert K. Merton: Middle-Range Theory
Neofunctionalism
Conflict Theory
Conflict Theory and the Critique of Society
Conflict Theory and Analytic Sociology: The Legacy of Max Weber
Evolution And Modernity: Macrosociological Perspectives
Karl Marx and the Classless Society
Talcott Parsons's Evolutionary Model
Jurgen Habermas: Rationalization and Communicative Action
Anthony Giddens: Structuration Theory and High Modernity
Symbolic Interactionism
George Herbert Mead: The Self
Herbert Blumer: Interpretation and Methodology
Erving Goffman: Dramaturgy and the Interaction Order
Arlie Russell Hochschild and Patricia Hill Collins: Expanding the Horizons of Symbolic Interactionism
Phenomenology
Harold Garfinkel: The Founder of Ethnomethodology
Peter Berger: The Social Construction of Reality
Dorothy E. Smith: Feminist Standpoint Theory
Theories Of Rational Choice
Rational Choice, Social Exchange, and Individual Behavior
Rational Choice and the Analysis of Social Structure
James Coleman and the Foundations of Social Theory
Rediscovering The Body: The Sociology Of The Body And Sociobiology
The Sociology of the Body
Sociobiology
Conclusion: Evaluating Sociological Theory
The Future of Sociological Theory: Modernism and Postmodernism
Social Theory and Understanding: The Value of Multiple Perspectives
Selected Bibliography
Index

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