Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory: Visualizing Social Worlds / Edition 3

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Overview

In the Third Edition of Ken Allan's highly-praised Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory book, sociological theories and theorists are explored using a straightforward approach and conversational, jargon-free language. Filled with examples drawn from everyday life, this edition highlights diversity in contemporary society, exploring theories of race, gender, and sexuality that address some of today's most important social concerns. Through this textbook students will learn to think theoretically and apply to their own lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412992770
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 935,720
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Allan received his Ph D in sociology from the University of California, Riverside (1995), and is currently professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Before moving to UNCG, he directed the Teaching Assistant Development Program at the University of California, Riverside, and coedited Training Teaching Assistants, 2nd Edition (1997), published by the American Sociological Association. In addition to teaching classical and contemporary theory at UNCG, Allan also supervised UNCG’s sociology i School program, which offered online introduction to sociology classes to high school students across North Carolina, has designed several online courses for both the college and department, and has regularly taught graduate pedagogy courses. Allan’s research areas include theory, culture, and the self. He has authored several works in the area of theory, including multiple textbooks covering classical and contemporary theory, as well as The Meaning of Culture: Moving the Postmodern Critique Forward, and A Primer in Social and Sociological Theory: Toward a Sociology of Citizenship. His current projects include a social history of American individualism, a sociological analysis of consciousness and self, as well as a novel based in early 20th century American life.

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Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTIONS
In the Beginning Was Modernity
Defining Moments in Twentieth-Century Theory: Talcott Parsons and The Frankfurt School
Talcott Parsons: Defining Sociology
The Frankfurt School: The Problem with Sociology
II. Individuals and Situations
The Language of the Self—Herbert Blumer
Concepts and Theory: Society and Sociology
Imaging the Self—Erving Goffman
SELF-IMAGE
Theorist’s Digest
Concepts and Theory: Impression Management
Concepts and Theory: The Encounter
Concepts and Theory: Frames and Keys
Concepts and Theory: The Interaction Order
Achieving Social Order
SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIVISM
Theorist’s Digest
Concepts and Theory: Achieving Social Order
Concepts and Theory: Reflexivity
Social Exchanges
Elementary Forms of Social Behavior: George Homans
Theorist’s Digest
Concepts and Theory: Basic Principles of Behavioral Psychology
Social Exchanges and Power: Peter Blau
Theorist’s Digest
Concepts and Theory: Social Exchanges
Concepts and Theory: Creating Power and Social Structures
Ritualized Exchanges: Randall Collins
Theorist’s Digest

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