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.
“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.”
"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."
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.
The German Ideology (1845-46)
From Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society
The General Formula for Capital
Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848)
Rules of Sociological Method (1895)
The Division of Labor in Society (1893)
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912)
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904)
From Economy and Society (1925)
Class, Status, Party
The Types of Legitimate Domination
The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
Women and Economics (1898)
From The Philosophy of Money (1900)
From Conflict and the Web of Group Affiliations (1908)
The Stranger (1908)
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)