Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots : The Basics

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-29
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This text is the teaching solution for instructors who need a brief, accessible text for sociological theory. An affordable alternative to a standard text, this volume includes a range of pedagogical features; it is concise yet comprehensive, informative, and engaging for a wide range of students.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Creating Sociological Theory

Defining Sociological Theory

Creating Sociological Theory: A More Realistic View

Overview of the Book

Chapter 2. Classical Theories-I

Emile Durkheim

Karl Marx

Max Weber

Chapter 3. Classical Theories-II

Georg Simmel

Thorstein Veblen

George Herbert Mead

Chapter 4. Contemporary Grand Theories-I

Structural Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Systems Theory

Chapter 5. Contemporary Grand Theories-II

Neo-Marxian Theory

The Civilizing Process

Colonizing the Lifeworld

The Juggernaut of Modernity

Chapter 6. Contemporary Theories of Everyday Life

Symbolic Interactionism



Exchange Theory

Rational Choice Theory

Chapter 7. Contemporary Integrative Theories

A More Integrated Exchange Theory

Structuration Theory

Culture and Agency

Habitus and Field

Chapter 8. Contemporary Feminist Theories (by Patricia Madoo Lengermann and Jill Niebrugge)

Gender Difference

Gender Inequality

Gender Oppression

Structural Oppression.

Chapter 9. Postmodern Grand Theories

The Transition from Industrial to Postindustrial Society

Increasing Governmentality (and other Grand Theories)

Postmodernity as Modernity’s Coming of Age

The Rise of Consumer Society, Loss of Symbolic

Exchange, and Increase in Simulations

The Consumer Society and the New Means of Consumption


Feminism and Postmodern Social Theory (by Patricia Madoo Lengermann and Jill Niebrugge)

Chapter 10. Globalization Theory

Major Contemporary Theorists on Globalization

Cultural Theory

Economic Theory

Political Theory

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