Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory: Visualizing Social Worlds / Edition 2

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An accessible and provocative survey of contemporary social and sociological theories

Written in a conversational style that conveys the author’s enthusiam for theory, this updated edition of Ken Allen's acclaimed text appeals to the reader to consider the “theoretical you,” as an individual in 21st-century society. This book introduces students to an array of social theories, each presented from the perspective of a well-known theorist:

Peter Blau Janet Saltzman Chafetz George Homans Jean Baudrillard Michel Foucault Talcott Parsons Herbert Blumer Harold Garfinkel Dorothy E. Smith Pierre Bourdieu Anthony Giddens Immanuel Wallerstein Judith Butler Erving Goffman William Julius Wilson Manuel Castells Jürgen Habermas Cornel West

Filled with examples drawn from daily life, this edition highlights diversity in contemporary society, exploring theories of race, gender, and sexuality that address today's most important social concerns. Students will learn to “think theoretically” and apply theory to their own lives.

New to This Edition

  • New Organization: The book is organized around the concept of modernity and the significant impact on social thought of Talcott Parsons and the Frankfurt School.
  • New Chapters: The book includes five new chapters: “In the Beginning There Was Modernity,” “Defining Moments in 20th Century Theory-Talcott Parsons and the Frankfurt School,” “Social Exchanges,” “Structures of Racial and Gender Inequality,” and “The Network Society-Manuel Castell.”
  • New Features: “The Theorist’s Digest“ gives a brief biography, and “Taking the Perspective” presents an overview of the theorist’s perspective.
  • New and Updated Pedagogy: The book's popular “Building Your Theory Toolbox” sections include updated issues and resources; and a new “Glossary of Theoretical Concepts” is provided.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412978200
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Allan is Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1995). Most recent teaching is in the areas of: Sociological Theory, Social Psychology, and Sociology of Culture. He has published numerous articles in theory, and a book in 1998, The Meaning of Culture, explicating cultural theory. He also contributed to Turner’s last two editions of The Structure of Sociological Theory. Over the past eight years he has taught well over 30 courses in social theory.

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Table of Contents

1. In the Beginning There was Modernity
2. Defining Moments in 20th Century Theory-Talcott Parsons and The Frankfurt School
3. Symbolic Interaction-Herbert Blumer (1900–1987)
4. Organizing Ordinary Life- Harold Garfinkel (1917–)
5. Performing the Self-Erving Goffman (1922–1982)
6. Social Exchanges-George Homans (1910 – 1989), Peter Blau (1918 – 2002), Randall Collins (1941 –)
7. Structures of Racial and Gender Inequality-William Julius Wilson (1935 - ) and Janet Saltzman Chafetz (1942 – 2006)
8. Structuring Class-Pierre Bourdieu (1960 – 2002)
9. Global Capitalism-Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - )
10. The Network Society-Manuel Castells (1942 - )
11. Modernity and Reason-Jürgen Habermas
12. Runaway Modernity-Anthony Giddens (1938 - )
13. Defining the Possible and Impossible-Michel Foucault (1926–1984)
14. The End of Everything-Jean Baudrillard (1929 – 2007)
15. Racial Wounds and the Niggerization of America-Cornel West (1953–)
16. Text, Power, and Women-Dorothy E. Smith (1926–)
17. Embodying Sex-Judith Butler (1956–)

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