Theoretical Sociology: A Concise Introduction to Twelve Sociological Theories

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Overview

What can sociological theory tell us about the basic forces that shape our world? With clarity and authority, Theoretical Sociology: A Concise Introduction to Twelve Sociological Theories, by leading theorist Jonathan H. Turner, seeks to answer this question through a brief, yet in-depth examination of twelve major sociological theories. Readers are given an opportunity to explore the foundational premise of each theory and key elements that make it distinctive. The book draws on biographical background, analysis of important works, historical influences, and other critical insights to help readers make the important connections between these monumental sociological theories and the social world in which we live. This concise resource is a perfect complement to any course that seeks to examine both classic and contemporary sociological theory.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...In a change of course, [Turner's] latest work provides a meaningful introduction to both classical and contemporary social theory within 12 broad traditions....Turner invites readers to explore fundamental questions, such as whether sociology is a science, whether it should be critical or moral, the most important way in which to approach sociological analysis, and whether to approach it at the micro or macro level....This information not only offers a bare-bones introduction but also provides relevance, connecting each theory to the others and to the world in which they all operate. While brief, this quick guide provides and excellent introduction for undergraduate sociology majors or interested readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General and undergraduate collections. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452203478
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 767,140
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan H. Turner (Ph D, Cornell University) is Distinguished Professor of sociology at the University of California at Riverside and University Professor for the University of California. The leading authority on sociological theory, Dr. Turner is the author of 38 influential books, which have been published in twelve different languages, as well as the author of many research articles in numerous journals and books.

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Table of Contents

Theoretical Sociology Today
Functional Theorizing
Conflict Theorizing
Ecological Theorizing
Exchange Theorizing
Symbolic Interactionist Theorizing
Dramaturgical Theorizing
Structural Theorizing
Cultural Theorizing
Critical Theorizing on Modernity and Postmodernity
Stage-model Evolutionary Theorizing
Biologically Inspired Evolutionary Theorizing

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