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Combining carefully chosen primary quotes with extensive discussion and everyday illustrative examples, this book provides an in-depth introduction to classical and contemporary theory.Uses a wide range of newspaper examples to illustrate the relevance to sociological theory Contains excerpts from theorists' primary texts Includes chapter-specific glossaries of all theoretical concepts discussed in the book Short biographies and historical timelines of significant events provide context to various theorists' ideas Incorporates a range of pedagogical features Supporting website includes multiple choice and essay questions, PowerPoint slides, a quotation bank, and other background materials
Michele Dillon is professor of sociology at the
and has many years of experience teaching sociological theory to undergraduate and graduate students. Her previous publications include Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power (1999), Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland (1993), Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (ed.) (2003), and In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change (with Paul Wink)( 2007). University of New Hampshire
Table of Contents
|List of Timelines, Boxes, and Topics|
|How to Use This Book|
|Introduction: Welcome to Sociological Theory|
|Analyzing Social Life|
|Societal Transformation and the Origins of Sociology|
|The Establishment of Sociology|
|The Sociological Craft in the Nineteenth Century|
|Expansion of Capitalism|
|Marxs Theory of History|
|Capitalism as a Distinctive Social Form|
|The Division of Labor and Alienation|
|Ideology and Power|
|Durkheims Methodological Rules|
|The Nature of Society|
|Societal Transformation and Social Cohesion|
|Social Conditions of Suicide|
|Religion and the Sacred|
|Sociology: Understanding Social Action|
|Culture and Economic Activity|
|Power, Authority, and Domination|
|Modernity and Competing Values|
|Structural-Functionalism: Talcott Parsons and Robert Merton|
|The Social System|
|Socialization and Societal Integration|
|Social Differentiation, Culture, and the Secularization of Protestantism|
|Stratification and Inequality|
|Robert Mertons Middle-Range Theory|
|The Frankfurt School: Technology, Culture, and Politics|
|Dialectic of Enlightenment|
|Mass Culture and Consumption|
|Politics: One-Dimensional Rationality|
|Jurgen Habermas: The State and Society|
|Conflict, Power, and Dependency in Macro-Societal Processes|
|Ralf Dahrendorfs Theory of Group Conflict|
|C. Wright Mills|
|Dependency Theory: Neo-Marxist Critiques of Economic Development|
|Exchange, Exchange Network, and Rational Choice Theories|
|Exchange Network Theory|
|Rational Choice Theory|
|Development of the Self through Social Interaction|
|The Premises of Symbolic Interactionism|
|Erving Goffman: Social Exchange as Ritualized Social Interaction|
|Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnographic Research|
|Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology|
|Consciousness of Womens Inequality|
|Standpoint Theories1: Dorothy Smith and the Relations of Ruling|
|Standpoint Theories 2: Patricia Hill Collins Black Womens Standpoint|
|Sociology of Emotion|
|Arlie Hochschild: Emotional Labor|
|Theorizing Sexuality and the Body|
|Sexuality and Queer Theory|
|Sociological Theories of Race and Racism|
|Social Change, Race, and Racism|
|Slavery, Colonialism, and Racial Formation|
|William Du Bois: Slavery and Racial Inequality in the US|
|Race and Class|
|Race, Community, and Democracy|
|Culture and the New Racism|
|The Social Reproduction of Inequality: Pierre Bourdieus Theory of Class and Culture|
|Family and School in the Production of Cultural Capital|
|Taste and Everyday Culture|
|Critique of the Modern|
|Immanuel Wallerstein: The Modern World-System|
|From World-Economic to Global Inequality|
|Political Globalization: The Nation-State in the New Order|
|Cities and Migration in a Globalizing Society|
|Globalization of Risk|
|Political Mobilization in the Globalizing Society|
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