The Social Lens; An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-05-13
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory, Second Edition is an upper division undergraduate social theory textbook that introduces the student to the major classical and contemporary theorists. The theorists were chosen for the diversity of their perspectives as well as their ability to introduce the student to contemporary theory. Dr. Allan uses a lively informative writing style to engage the students in the eras of social change that spawned the major sociological theories and then applies them to the current era, which also is experiencing major social change.

Table of Contents

Modernity and the Sociological Response
Sociology, Theory, and the Modern Agenda
The Evolution of Society
Contradictions in Capitalism
The Irrationality of Rationality
The Problem With Diversity
The Modern Person
George Herbert Mead (1863-1931)
Georg Simmel (1858-1918)
The Challenges of Gender and Race
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
Mid-Twentieth Century Sociological Theory
Structural Functionalism
Analytical Functionalism
Empirical Functionalism
Conflict Theory
The Functional Consequences of Conflict
Power and Dialectical Change
Emotion and the World in Conflict
Structures of Racial and Gender Inequality
The Declining Significance of Race
Structures of Gender Inequality
Exchange Theory
Elementary Forms of Social Behavior
Social Exchanges and Power
Ritualized Exchanges
The Late Modern Person and the Situation
Performing the Self
Organizing Ordinary Life
The Language and Reality of the Self
Critical Theory
Contemporary New Visions and Critiques
Toward a New Vision of Society
Structuration and Modernity
Constructivist Structuralism and Class
Globalizing Systems
Global Capitalism
The Network Society
Upsetting Reality
Defining the Possible and Impossible
The End of Everything
Politics of Identity
Gendered Consciousness
Race and Matrices of Domination
Race and Democracy
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