The Structure of Sociological Theory / Edition 7

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Over the course of previous editions during some 20 years, the book grew until it bifurcated into double columns and was unwieldy to hold. Turner (U. of California-Riverside) has reduced this edition by 14 chapters and thinned the reference material. The culled material has been recycled onto an associated Web site. He explores the structure of theory in sociology, especially its assumptions and testable propositions, if any. His treatment is more detailed than in most other textbooks. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534535995
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/27/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Turner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UC, Riverside. He has authored dozen of articles and over thirty books, including THE STRUCTURE OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY, a companion volume to this book.

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Table of Contents

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.

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