Perspectives in Sociology / Edition 5

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Overview

Perspectives in Sociology provides students with a lively and critical introduction to sociology and to the ways in which sociologists are trained to think and work. The subject is presented as a sequence of different perspectives on the social world, all of them interrelated, sometimes in conflict with one another, and all contributing important and necessary insights. The discussion is backed up by extensive reference to empirical studies. This edition has been considerably revised. A chapter on critical theory has been added in order to reflect the extensive work and thinking that Marx's basic work continues to stimulate. The chapter on research strategies now takes account of new developments in the philosophy of science that are relevant for sociological approaches. Throughout, the authors have rewritten extensively in their continuing desire to produce clarity, and to respond to the comments of students and teachers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415301114
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/18/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

E.C. Cuff was formerly Head of the Department of Educational Studies at the Didsbury School of Education, Manchester Polytechnic; W.W. Sharrock is Professor of Sociology at Manchester University; D.W. Francis is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Rethinking Sociology Part 1: 2. Karl Marx 3. Max Weber 4. Emile Durkheim Part 2: 5. Consensus and Conflict 6. Symbolic Interaction 7. Ethnomethodology Part 3: 8. Western Marxism 9. Structuralism Part 4: 10. Poststructuralism: Abandoning Reason 11. Michel Foucault 12. Poststructuralism and Postmodernity 13. Back to Sociological Theory?: Theoreticism and Synthesis 14. From Class to Culture 15. Emancipatory Sociology 16. Conclusion

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