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Overview

Despite the fact that most of us think often about society and social life, few of us have had extensive schooling in how to organize or structure such thought. Guided by the belief that the sociological imagination is impoversihed if accessible only to a handful of specialists, Key Sociological Thinkers provides the lay reader with a clear and manageable overview of the major sociological developments from Marx to the present day.

Twenty-one concise, thorough chapters introduce the key thinkers in the field; their driving impulses, issues central to their work, substantive examples of the theory in action, their legacy, as well as reading lists meant to stimulate further research. The book's range includes not only canonical figures, such as Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, but feminist, post-structuralist, and post-colonialist thinkers of recent decades, including Nancy Chodorow, Michel Foucault, and Stuart Hall. Other sociologists and social theorists overed include Sigmund Freud, Georg Simmel, Herbert Blumer, Talcott Parsons, Robert Merton, Simone de Beauvoir, Norbert Elias, Erving Goffman, David Lockwood, Harold Garfinkel, Louis Althusser, Jurgen Habermas, Pierre Bourdieu, Arlie Hochschild, and Anthony Giddens.

Key Sociological Thinkers is ideal for students new to the field, veterans looking to brush up, and anyone eager to expand their understanding of the world in which we live.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814781166
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 787,615
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

ROB STONES is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. He is the author of Sociological Reasoning (1996) and Structuration Theory (2005).
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Table of Contents

'Seeing Things Differently'
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Society as More than a Collection of Free-floating Individuals 1
1 Karl Marx 21
2 Max Weber 34
3 Emile Durkheim 46
4 Sigmund Freud 59
5 Georg Simmel 71
6 Herbert Blumer 84
7 Talcott Parsons 96
8 Robert K. Merton 111
9 Simone de Beauvoir 124
10 Norbert Elias 138
11 Erving Goffman 151
12 David Lockwood 163
13 Harold Garfinkel 175
14 Louis Althusser 189
15 Jurgen Habermas 205
16 Pierre Bourdieu 215
17 Nancy J. Chodorow 230
18 Arlie Russell Hochschild 240
19 Michel Foucault 252
20 Stuart Hall 266
21 Anthony Giddens 279
Conclusion: Tolerance, Plurality and Creative Synthesis in Sociological Thought 291
Notes 306
Bibliography 332
Index 352
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