Sociological Theory in the Classical Era: Text and Readings / Edition 2

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"Edles and Appelrouth's new book is a major contribution for those striving to help students understand the essential place of theory in the sociological enterprise.  It skillfully demonstrates the contemporary relevance of classical theory, elucidates the complex interplay of empirical research and sociological theory, and makes crystal clear that good theory must always be more than idle speculation.  The authors are to be commended for how they interweave biographical sketches, background influences, core ideas, and theoretical orientations, on the one hand, with their inclusion of pivotal primary sources.  This book will likely be template that future texts in theory will try to emulate."

                                                                        -- Edward Lehman, New York University
 
"Sociological Theory in the Classical Era is an ambitious and successful attempt to revitalize the teaching of sociological theory. The scope of primary readings is wide and inclusive. Their introductory materials are clear and helpful. Their new organizing framework will allow students to clarify the similarities and differences among the wealth of classical readings."

                                                                              -- Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University
 
"This is one of the best classical theory texts I've come across.  Most undergraduates are unprepared for a serious encounter with the writings of the classical theorists.  Rather than respond to this problem with a textbook full of pat summaries, Edles and Appelrouth ingeniously combine the best of the reader and textbook formats.  Theirexegeses of the major themes and arguments of each theorist -- written with a rare combination of theoretical acumen, clarity, and the sure-footed use of examples -- will help students make sense of the well chosen excerpts.  The book thus serves a double purpose: not only will it expose students to the ideas of the classical theorists; it will also help them learn what it really means to read."
 
                                                                                    -- Neil Gross, Harvard University
 
Sociological Theory in the Classical Era is a highly-acclaimed new text which utilizes the unique and increasingly popular text/reader approach. The book presents major readings by sociology's key classical theorists, including Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Charlotte Perkins-Gilman, Georg Simmel, W.E.B. Du Bois, and George Herbert Mead. The corresponding text written by Laura Desfor Edles and Scott Appelrouth gives students the analytical framework necessary for them to develop a more critical and gratifying understanding of the ideas advanced by these theorists.
 
The theoretical concepts addressed in the book, while classical, still resonate with contemporary concerns. Topics include the nature of capitalism, the basis of social solidarity of cohesion, the role of authority in social life, the benefits and dangers posed by modern bureaucracies, the dynamics of gender and racial oppression, and the nature of "self" to name but a few.
 
Key Features
  • "Student-friendly" text/reader approach provides an overarching scaffolding which students can use to examine, compare, and contrast each theorists' major themes and concepts through primary and secondary source materials
  • Connects classical theorists and their writings to contemporary concerns.
  • Photos of theorists, the social milieu during which their theories were developed, as well as photos that illustrate theories' applications to modern life
  • Charts and figures summarize key concepts, illuminate complex ideas, and provoke student interest
  • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter aid student comprehension
Sociological Theory in the Classical Era is intended for use as the core text in upper-level Classical Sociological Theory courses, or in combined Classical/Contemporary Sociological Theory courses.
 
Laura Desfor Edles is the author of Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain (1998) and Cultural Sociology in Practice (2002). She has been teaching theory courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level for over ten years. She has also given numerous presentations at conferences on her particular method of teaching theory. Professor Edles received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1990.
 
Scott Appelrouth is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2000. He has taught classical and contemporary theory at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has published several articles in research- and teaching-oriented journals.     \
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Editorial Reviews

Jacques Henry
"I chose this text because it is largely dedicated to original texts and it offers relevant yet short introductions…. I also particularly like that the intros to individual texts offer context but do not directly summarize or analyze the excerpts."
Edward Lehman
“Edles and Appelrouth's new book is a major contribution for those striving to help students understand the essential place of theory in the sociological enterprise. It skillfully demonstrates the contemporary relevance of classical theory, elucidates the complex interplay of empirical research and sociological theory, and makes crystal clear that good theory must always be more than idle speculation. The authors are to be commended for how they interweave biographical sketches, background influences, core ideas, and theoretical orientations, on the one hand, with their inclusion of pivotal primary sources. This book will likely be template that future texts in theory will try to emulate.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412975643
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Desfor Edles (Ph.D., UCLA, 1990) is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Cultural Sociology in Practice (Blackwell Publishers, 2002), and various articles on social theory and culture.

Scott Appelrouth (Ph.D., New York University, 2000) is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. His interests include social theory, cultural sociology, and social movements. He teaches classical and contemporary theory at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and has published various articles in research and teaching journals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Karl Marx
The German Ideology (1845-46)
From Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Alienated Labor
The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society
From Capital
Commodities
The General Formula for Capital
Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848)
Emile Durkheim
Rules of Sociological Method (1895)
The Division of Labor in Society (1893)
Suicide (1897)
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912)
Max Weber
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904)
From Economy and Society (1925)
Class, Status, Party
The Types of Legitimate Domination
Bureaucracy
Charlotte Perkins-Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
Women and Economics (1898)
Georg Simmel
From The Philosophy of Money (1900)
Exchange
From Conflict and the Web of Group Affiliations (1908)
Conflict
Sociability (1910)
The Stranger (1908)
Fashion (1904)
Metropolis and Mental Life (1903)
W.E.B. Du Bois
The Philadelphia Negro (1899)
The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
From Darkwater (1920)
The Souls of White Folk
George Herbert Mead
From Mind, Self, and Society (1934)
Mind
Self
Society

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