Sociological Theory

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-07-31
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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With one of the foremost authorities on sociological theory as lead author, this best-selling text gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major classical theorists and contemporary schools of sociological thought. Spanning the history of sociological theory from its inception to the latest theoretical developments, it integrates key theories with biographical sketches of theorists, placing readings in context and helping students understand the original works of classical authors as well as compare and contrast the newest substantive theories.The thoroughly updated sixth edition reflects current debates in sociology and includes new sections on Actor-Network theory, neo-Marxian theories of space, and more!

Table of Contents

PART 1: Classical Sociological Theory

Chapter 1: A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Early Years

Chapter 2: Karl Marx

Chapter 3: Emile Durkheim

Chapter 4: Max Weber

Chapter 5: Georg Simmel

PART 2: Modern Sociological Theory: The Major Schools

Chapter 6: A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Later Years

Chapter 7: Structural Functionalism, Neofunctionalism, and Conflict Theory

Chapter 8: Varieties of Neo-Marxian Theory

Chapter 9: Systems Theory

Chapter 10: Symbolic Interactionism

Chapter 11: Ethnomethodology

Chapter 12: Exchange, Network, and Rational Choice Theories

Chapter 13: Contemporary Feminist Theory

PART 3: Recent Integrative Developments in Sociological Theory

Chapter 14: Micro-Macro Integration

Chapter 15: Agency-Structure Integration

PART 4: From Modern to Postmodern Social Theory (and Beyond)

Chapter 16: Contemporary Theories of Modernity

Chapter 17: Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and the Emergence of Postmodern Social Theory

Appendix: Sociological Metatheorizing and a Metatheoretical Schema for Analyzing Sociological Theory

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