Contemporary Sociological Theory / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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"The strengths of this text are the breadth of theories covered; the integration of gender-related topics family, work, religion; the use of substantial quotes from primary texts; the consistent inclusion of methodological issues.…I have no doubt that it will find a solid position in the field of theory texts. "
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About the Author
Bert N. Adams (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a former President and currently a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. He has taught sociological theory extensively, both in East Africa and at the University of Wisconsin, and also teaches and writes on the sociology of the family. He is the author of several books, including the introductory textbook THE FAMILY: A SOCIOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION, 5TH EDITION (Harcourt Brace 1995) and SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (Pine Forge Press 2001). With David M. Klein, he served as co-editor of the Understanding Families Series with Sage, which produced 20 books between 1995 and 2002. He is well connected with family sociologists throughout the world.
R. A. Sydie has been professor of sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for the past 30 years and is the current chair of the department of sociology. Her research interests include sociological theory, art and culture, and gender studies. Professor Sydie is the author of Natural Women, Cultured Men. Her latest research project involves a historical examination of sociological work on love and eroticism.
Table of Contents
PrefaceA Note to Students1. Introduction to Contemporary Sociological Theory Nineteenth-Century Sociological Theory Dominant Theories and Ideologies Radical Theory and Ideology Early-Twentieth-Century Sociological Theory Sociological Theory by the 1930sSECTION I. TWENTIETH-CENTURY FUNCTIONALISM AND BEYOND2. Twentieth-Century Functionalism Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) Robert K. Merton (1910- ) Final Thoughts References3. Systems, Structuration, and Modernity Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) Anthony Giddens (1938- ) Final Thoughts ReferencesSECTION II. CRITICISM, MARXISM, AND CHANGE4. Critical Theory The Institute of Social Research Jurgen Habermas (1929- ) Final Thoughts References5. Marxism Since 1930 Marxism from 1930 to 1980 Marxism Now: Erik Olin Wright (1947- ) Final Thoughts References6. Sociocultural Change: Evolution, World System, and Revolution Twentieth-Century Evolutionism: Elman Service (1915- ) World System Theory: Immanuel Wallerstein (1930- ) Revolution: Theda Skocpol (1947- ) Final Thoughts ReferencesSECTION III. TRANSITIONS AND CHALLENGES7. Mid-Twentieth-Century Sociology Ideological Disputes Facts and Values Macro/Micro Perspectives Feminism and Feminist Sociological Theory Race and Colonialism Final Thoughts References8. Symbolic Interactionism The Interactionist Tradition Herbert Blumer (1900-1987) Erving Goffman (1922-1982) Arlie Russell Hochschild (1940- ) Final Thoughts References9. Rational Choice and Exchange James S. Coleman, (1926-1995) Final Thoughts References10. Feminist Sociological Theory Sociology and Feminism Dorothy E. Smith (1926- ) Patricia Hill Collins (1948- ) Final Thoughts References11. Knowledge, Truth, and Power Michel Foucault (1926-1984) Final Thoughts References12. Final Thoughts on Contemporary Sociological Theory Sociological Theory Since 1930 The Future of Society The Future of Sociological Theory ReferencesCreditsIndex