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Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory

Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory
Text and Readings

Fourth Edition
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September 2020 | 920 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text and Readings offers students with the best of both worlds—carefully-edited excerpts from the original works of sociology's key thinkers accompanied by an analytical framework that discusses the lives, ideas, and historical circumstances of each theorist. This unique format enables students to examine, compare, and contrast each theorist’s major themes and concepts. In the Fourth Edition of this bestseller, examples from contemporary life and a rich variety of updated pedagogical tools (tables, figures, discussion questions, and photographs) come together to illuminate complex ideas for today’s readers.

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Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I: Foundations of Classical Sociological Theory
Chapter 2: Karl Marx (1818–1883)
Chapter 3: Émile Durkheim (1858–1917)
Chapter 4: Max Weber (1864–1920)
Part II: Classical Sociological Theory: Expanding the Foundation
Chapter 5: Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)
Chapter 6: Georg Simmel (1858–1918)
Chapter 7: W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963)
Chapter 8: George Herbert Mead (1863–1931)
Part III: Twentieth-Century Sociological Traditions
Chapter 9: Structural Functionalism
Chapter 10: Critical Theory
Chapter 11: Exchange and Rational Choice Theories
Chapter 12: Symbolic Interactionism and Dramaturgy
Chapter 13: Phenomenology
Chapter 14: Poststructuralism
Chapter 15: Postmodernism
Chapter 16: The Global Society


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