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Sociological Theory

First Edition
  • Bert N. Adams - University of Wisconsin - Madison, Chile, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • R. A. Sydie - University of Alberta - Edmonton, Canada

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Social Theory

September 2002 | 668 pages | SAGE India
With this book, students will no longer face the "forest and trees" problem; no longer will they become so immersed in the details of one theory after another as to be unable to compare or relate them. A central goal of this text then is to be as concise as possible while also doing justice to more than 40 thinkers.
Preface

 
 
I. THE EUROPEAN ROOTS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
The Origins of Sociological Theory

 
Theorizing after the Revolution

Saint-Simon, Comte, and Martineau
 
II. CONSERVATIVE THEORIES
Evolutionism and Functionalism

Spencer and Sumner
Society as Sui Generis

Durkheim
 
III. RADICAL THEORY
Radical Anticapitalism

Marx and Engels
Marxism Extended

Lenin and Luxemburg
 
IV. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF COMPLEXITY AND FORM
Social Action and Social Complexity

Max Weber and Marianne Weber
The Sociology of Form and Content

Simmel
 
V. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
Political Sociological Theories

Pareto and Michels
Economic Sociological Theories

Veblen and Schumpeter
 
VI. OTHER VOICES IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIZING
Society and Gender

Gilman and Webb
Sociological Theory and Race

W E B du Bois
Society, Self, and Mind

Cooley, Mead, and Freud
 
VII. TWENTIETH-CENTURY FUNCTIONALISM AND BEYOND
Twentieth-Century Functionalism

Parsons and Merton
Systems, Structuration, and Modernity

Luhmann and Giddens
 
VIII. CRITICISM, MARXISM, AND CHANGE
Critical Theory

The Frankfurt School and Habermas
Marxism Since 1930

Poulantzas, Althusser, Dunayevskaya, and Wright
Sociocultural Change: Evolution, World System, and Revolution

Service, Wallerstein, and Skocpol
 
IX. TRANSITIONS AND CHALLENGES: Mid-Twentieth-Century Sociology
Symbolic Interactionism

Blumer, Goffman, and Hochschild
Rational Choice and Exchange

Coleman
Feminist Sociological Theory

Smith and Collins
Knowledge, Truth, and Power

Foucault and Feminist Responses
Final Thoughts on Sociological Theory

 
Index

 

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Bert N. Adams

Bert N. Adams (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a former President and currently a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. He has taught sociological theory extensively, both in East Africa and at the University of Wisconsin, and also teaches and writes on the sociology of the family. He is the author of several books, including the introductory textbook THE FAMILY: A SOCIOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION, 5THEDITION (Harcourt Brace 1995) and SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (Pine Forge Press 2001). With David M. Klein, he served as co-editor of the Understanding... More About Author

R. A. Sydie

R. A. Sydie has been professor of sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for the past 30 years and is the current chair of the department of sociology. Her research interests include sociological theory, art and culture, and gender studies. Professor Sydie is the author of Natural Women, Cultured Men. Her latest research project involves a historical examination of sociological work on love and eroticism.   More About Author

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