Key Sociological Thinkers / Edition 2

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This second edition of a popular and successful text offers an easily understood introduction to the theorists who have made a key contribution to the discipline of sociology. Its carefully formulated structure places the writers' passions in their social and intellectual context, summarises the central issues dealt with in their work and sketches out the intellectual legacy they have left behind them. With four new chapters on Theodor Adorno, Michael Mann, Dorothy Smith and Zygmunt Bauman, in addition to updated references and substantial new contextual material analysing the legacies of the theorists covered, this new edition has much to offer for students seeking to broaden their understanding of social theory.

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Editorial Reviews

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'An excellent collection of papers, covering all the major contributions to sociological thinking. A valuable resource for students and staff alike.' - Dr C.M. Dawson, College of St Mark & St John

“The book gives a short, but very fundamental introduction, to the authors. Very impressing is that each chapter has the same structure and focuses on 'key issues'. - Petra Deger, Institute for Sociology, University Regensburg, Germany

“Interesting collection of pieces concerning many influential sociologists - particularly of merit are the challenges made in discussion of the contemporary usage and application of thinking.” -Andrew Adams, Southampton Solent University, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230001572
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (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' Contents List
• Glossary Boxes Contents List
• Acknowledgements
• Notes on Contributors
• Introduction: Private Troubles, Public Issues and Sociology's Key Thinkers--R.Stones
• Karl Marx--B.Jessop
• Max Weber--L.A.Scaff
• Emile Durkheim--W.Pope
• Georg Simmel--P.Watier
• Herbert Blumer--K.Plummer
• Theodor Adorno--M.O'Neill
• Talcott Parsons--R.Holton
• Robert K. Merton--A.Sica
• Norbert Elias--J.Hughes
• Erving Goffman--R.Williams
• David Lockwood--N.Mouzelis
• Harold Garfinkel--J.Heritage
• Louis Althusser--T.Benton
• Nancy J. Chodorow--K.A.Martin
• Jurgen Habermas--W.Outhwaite
• Pierre Bourdieu--L.Wacquant
• Michel Foucault--L.Barth
• Stuart Hall--M.Barrett
• Dorothy Smith--K.Widerberg
• Anthony Giddens--I.J.Cohen
• Michael Mann--R.Schroeder
• Arlie Russell Hochschild--S.J.Williams
• Zygmunt Bauman--T.Blackshaw
• Conclusion: The Range, Precision and Political Power of the Sociological Imagination--R.Stones

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