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Sociological Theory in the Classical Era : Text and Readings,9781412975643
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Sociological Theory in the Classical Era : Text and Readings

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9781412975643

ISBN10:
1412975646
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/9/2009
Publisher(s):
SAGE Publications, Inc

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Summary

Trained at UCLA and at NYU respectively, Laura Desfor Edles and Scott Appelrouth were frustrated by their inability to find a sociological theory text that could inspire enthusiasm in undergraduate students while providing them with analytical tools for understanding theory and exposing them to original writings from pivotal theorists. They developed this widely used text/reader to fill that need. This affordable text/reader hybrid introduces students to original major writings from sociology's key classical theorists as well as from a variety of other voices, and also provides a helpful theoretical and historical framework, written by the editors, with which to understand those often intimidating readings. In addition to presenting a unique format, this book is one of the only theory texts to feature photos and diagrams, making it even more student friendly. New and Retained Features The book's praised text/reader format provides students with the interpretive and analytical guidance necessary to interpret the included original readings. The book is updated throughout, with new readings added to the Weber, Marx, and Durkheim chapters . A theoretical framework presented in Chapter 1 gives students a visual means to understand the theorists and perspectives that follow. Theoretical Orientation Diagrams and Core Concepts Diagrams , now even more visually appealing, show students how to fit the theorist under study into the broader universe of social theory. 'œ Significant Others ' boxes, including 5 new ones, provide information on theorists who may have followed and derived much of their own perspective from the major theorists featured in each chapter. The ends of chapters include even more discussion questions in this edition. Unlike other texts, each chapter includes photos of theorists and of the historical milieu from which the theories arose , along with applications to contemporary scenes. In particular, the Du Bois chapter includes a new photo of President Obama.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Photos
List of Figures and Tables
About the Authors
Preface
Introduction
What Is Sociological Theory?
Why Read Original Works?
Who Are Sociology's Core Theorists?
How Can We Navigate Sociological Theory?
Discussion Questions
Karl Marx
A Biographical Sketch
Intellectual Influences and Core Ideas
Significant Others--Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929): The Leisure Class and Conspicuous Consumption
Marx's Theoretical Orientation
Significant Others--Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937): Hegemony and the Ruling Ideas
Readings
Introduction to The German Ideology
From The German Ideology (1845-1846)
Introduction to Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
From Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Introduction to The Communist Manifesto
From The Communist Manifesto (1848)
Introduction to Capital
From Capital (1867)
Introduction to Friedrich Engels's The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
From The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884)
Discussion Questions
Émile Durkheim
A Biographical Sketch
Intellectual Influences and Core Ideas
Significant Others--Auguste Comte (1798-1857): The Father of "Social Physics"
Significant Others--Herbert Spencer (1820-1903): Survival of the Fittest
Durkheim's Theoretical Orientation
Readings
Introduction to The Division of Labor in Society
From The Division of Labor in Society (1893)
Introduction to The Rules of Sociological Method
From The Rules of Sociological Method (1895)
Introduction to Suicide: A Study in Sociology
From Suicide: A Study in Sociology (1897)
Introduction to The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
From The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912)
Discussion Questions
Max Weber
A Biographical Sketch
Intellectual Influences and Core Ideas
Significant Others--Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): Is God Dead?
Significant Others--Robert Michels (1876-1936): The Iron Law of Oligarchy
Weber's Theoretical Orientation
Readings
Introduction to The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
From The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904)
Introduction to "The Social Psychology of the World Religions"
From "The Social Psychology of the World Religions" (1915)
Introduction to "The Distribution of Power Within the Political Community: Class, Status, Party"
"The Distribution of Power Within the Political Community: Class, Status, Party" (1925)
Introduction to "The Types of Legitimate Domination"
From "The Types of Legitimate Domination" (1925)
Introduction to "Bureaucracy"
From "Bureaucracy" (1925)
Discussion Questions
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A Biographical Sketch
Significant Others--Harriet Martineau (1802-76): The First Woman Sociologist
Intellectual Influences and Core Ideas
Gilman's Theoretical Orientation
Readings
Introduction to "The Yellow Wallpaper"
"The Yellow Wallpaper" (1892)
"Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper'"
Introduction to Women and Economics
From Women and Economics (1898)
Discussion Questions
Georg Simmel
A Biographical Sketch
Intellectual Influences and Core Ideas
Significant Others--Ferdinand Tönnies (1855-1936): Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft
Simmel's Theoretical Orientation
Readings
Introduction to "Exchange"
From "Exchange," From The Philosophy of Money (1907)
Introduction to "Conflict"
From "Conflict," From Sociology (1908)
Introduction to "Sociability"
From "Sociability" (1910)
Introduction to "The Stranger"
From "The Stranger," From Sociology (1908)
Introduction to "Fashion"
From "Fashion" (1904)
Introduction to "The Metropolis and Mental Life"
From "The Metropolis and Mental Life" (1903)
Discussion Questions
W. E. B. Du Bois
Significant Others--Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964): A Voice From the South
A Biographical Sketch
Intellectual Influences and Core Ideas
Du Bois's Theoretical Orientation
Readings
Introduction to The Philadelphia Negro
From The Philadelphia Negro (1899)
Introduction to The Souls of Black Folk
From The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Introduction to "The Souls of White Folk"
From "The Souls of White Folk," From Darkwater (1920)
Discussion Questions
George Herbert Mead
A Biographical Sketch
Intellectual Influences and Core Ideas
Significant Others--Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929): The "Looking-Glass Self"
Significant Others--William James (1842-1910): Consciousness and the Self
Mead's Theoretical Orientation
Readings
Introduction to "Mind"
From "Mind," From Mind, Self, and Society (1934)
Introduction to "Self"
From "Self," From Mind, Self, and Society (1934)
Introduction to "Society"
From "Society," From Mind, Self, and Society (1934)
Discussion Questions
References
Photo Credits
Index
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