ISBN-10:
0761987819
ISBN-13:
9780761987819
Pub. Date:
01/16/2002
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Contemporary Sociological Theory / Edition 1

Contemporary Sociological Theory / Edition 1

by Bert N. Adams, R. A. Sydie

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Overview

"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. "

—Kathleen Slobin, North Dakota State University


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761987819
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/16/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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

Preface
A Note to Students
1. 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 1930s
SECTION I. TWENTIETH-CENTURY FUNCTIONALISM AND BEYOND
2. Twentieth-Century Functionalism
Talcott Parsons (1902-1979)
Robert K. Merton (1910- )
Final Thoughts
References
3. Systems, Structuration, and Modernity
Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998)
Anthony Giddens (1938- )
Final Thoughts
References
SECTION II. CRITICISM, MARXISM, AND CHANGE
4. Critical Theory
The Institute of Social Research
Jurgen Habermas (1929- )
Final Thoughts
References
5. Marxism Since 1930
Marxism from 1930 to 1980
Marxism Now: Erik Olin Wright (1947- )
Final Thoughts
References
6. 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
References
SECTION III. TRANSITIONS AND CHALLENGES
7. Mid-Twentieth-Century Sociology
Ideological Disputes
Facts and Values
Macro/Micro Perspectives
Feminism and Feminist Sociological Theory
Race and Colonialism
Final Thoughts
References
8. Symbolic Interactionism
The Interactionist Tradition
Herbert Blumer (1900-1987)
Erving Goffman (1922-1982)
Arlie Russell Hochschild (1940- )
Final Thoughts
References
9. Rational Choice and Exchange
James S. Coleman, (1926-1995)
Final Thoughts
References
10. Feminist Sociological Theory
Sociology and Feminism
Dorothy E. Smith (1926- )
Patricia Hill Collins (1948- )
Final Thoughts
References
11. Knowledge, Truth, and Power
Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
Final Thoughts
References
12. Final Thoughts on Contemporary Sociological Theory
Sociological Theory Since 1930
The Future of Society
The Future of Sociological Theory
References
Credits
Index

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