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This text covers new and emerging aspects of sociological theory and examines the significant contributions of both modern and founding theorists. Seven sections present detailed analyses of key theories and paradigms, including functionalism, evolutionary theory, conflict theory, critical theory, exchange theory, interactionist theory, and structuralism. The Seventh Edition is a less encyclopedic text than the Sixth Edition; despite the in-depth discussions of theorists and their contributions to the field, the text is concise and focused and is appropriate for use in nine- and ten-week courses.
1. Sociological Theory. Part I: FUNCTIONAL THEORIZING. 2. Early Functional Theory. 3. Analytical Functionalism: Talcott Parsons. 4. Systems Functionalism: Niklas Luhmann. Part II: EVOLUTIONARY THEORIZING. 5. Early Evolutionary Theory. 6. Ecological Theory: Amos Hawley. 7. New Evolutionary Theories. Part III: CONFLICT THEORIZING. 8. Early Conflict Theory. 9. Neo-Weberian Conflict Theory: Randall Collins. 10. Neo-Marxian Conflict Theory. 11. Feminist Conflict Theory. Part IV: CRITICAL THEORIZING. 12. Early Critical Theory. 13. Critical Theory: Jurgen Habermas. 14. Postmodern Theory. 15. Feminist Critical Theory. Part V: EXCHANGE THEORIZING. 16. Early Exchange Theory. 17. Behavioristic Exchange Theory: George C. Homans. 18. Dialectical Exchange Theory: Peter M. Blau. 19. Network Exchange Theory. 20. Rational Choice Theory. Part VI: INTERACTIONIST THEORIZING. 21. Early Interactionist and Phenomenological Theory. 22. Self and Identity Theory. 23. Role Theory: Ralph H. Turner. 24. Dramaturgical Theory: Erving Goffman. 25. Ethnomethodolgical Theory. 26. Theories of Emotions. Part VII: STRUCTURALIST THEORIZING. 27. Early Structuralist Theory. 28. Structuration Theory: Anthony Giddens. 29. Cultural Structuralist Theory: Pierre Bourdieu. 30. Network Theory. Name Index. Subject Index.