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Introduction to Sociological Theory : Theorists, Concepts, and Their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century,9781405170024

Introduction to Sociological Theory : Theorists, Concepts, and Their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century

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Summary

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

Author Biography

Michele Dillon is professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire 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).

Table of Contents

List of Timelines, Boxes, and Topics
Acknowledgments
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
Summary
Glossary
Karl Marx
Expansion of Capitalism
Marxs Theory of History
Human Nature
Capitalism as a Distinctive Social Form
Wage-Labor
The Division of Labor and Alienation
Economic Inequality
Ideology and Power
Summary
Glossary
Emile Durkheim
Durkheims Methodological Rules
The Nature of Society
Societal Transformation and Social Cohesion
Traditional Society
Modern Society
Social Conditions of Suicide
Religion and the Sacred
Summary
Glossary
Max Weber
Sociology: Understanding Social Action
Culture and Economic Activity
Ideal Types
Social Action
Power, Authority, and Domination
Social Stratification
Modernity and Competing Values
Summary
Glossary
Structural-Functionalism: Talcott Parsons and Robert Merton
Talcott Parsons
The Social System
Socialization and Societal Integration
Social Differentiation, Culture, and the Secularization of Protestantism
Pattern Variables
Modernization Theory
Stratification and Inequality
Robert Mertons Middle-Range Theory
Summary
Glossary
The Frankfurt School: Technology, Culture, and Politics
Dialectic of Enlightenment
Mass Culture and Consumption
Politics: One-Dimensional Rationality
Jurgen Habermas: The State and Society
Summary
Glossary
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
Summary
Glossary
Exchange, Exchange Network, and Rational Choice Theories
Exchange Theory
Exchange Network Theory
Rational Choice Theory
Analytical Marxism
Summary
Glossary
Symbolic Interactionism
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
Summary
Glossary
Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology
Phenomenology
Ethnomethodology
Summary
Glossary
Feminist Theories
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
Summary
Glossary
Theorizing Sexuality and the Body
Michel Foucault
Sexuality and Queer Theory
Summary
Glossary
Sociological Theories of Race and Racism
Racial Otherness
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
Summary
Glossary
The Social Reproduction of Inequality: Pierre Bourdieus Theory of Class and Culture
Social Stratification
Family and School in the Production of Cultural Capital
Taste and Everyday Culture
Summary
Glossary
Postmodernity
Critique of the Modern
Postmodern Culture
Summary
Glossary
Globalization
Defining Globalization
Economic Globalization
Immanuel Wallerstein: The Modern World-System
From World-Economic to Global Inequality
Political Globalization: The Nation-State in the New Order
Cultural Globalization
Cities and Migration in a Globalizing Society
Globalization of Risk
Political Mobilization in the Globalizing Society
Summary
Glossary
Glossary
References
Index
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