Rethinking Sociological Theory: Introducing and Explaining a Scientific Theoretical Sociology by Stephen K. Sanderson
Stephen K. Sanderson's latest book recaptures a scientific theoretical sociology, one whose fundamental aim is the formulation of real theories that can be empirically tested. Sanderson reviews the major theoretical traditions within contemporary sociology, explicating their key principles, critically evaluating these principles and their applications, and showcasing exemplars. He judges each tradition by asking whether it has generated falsifiable research programs. Although principally a work of theoretical critique, Rethinking Sociological Theory is also a valuable textbook for both undergraduate and graduate courses in sociological theory.
An up-to-date sociological theory textbook for those who value empirical approaches Explains and evaluates a wide range of theories, past and present A critically informed text that sharpens students' thought and spurs classroom debate Author is a gifted expositor of theory for students
Stephen K. Sanderson is currently a visiting professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside, where he specializes in comparative-historical sociology, sociological theory, and evolutionary sociology. He is the author or editor of ten books in sixteen editions, among them Evolutionism and Its Critics: Deconstructing and Reconstructing an Evolutionary Interpretation of Human Society (Paradigm, 2007) and Revolutions: A Worldwide Introduction to Social and Political Contention (2nd ed., Paradigm, 2010).
Table of Contents
Introduction 1/ Functionalism 2/ Social Constructionism 3/ Marxian Conflict Theory 4/ Weberian Conflict Theory 5/ World-Systems Analysis 6/ Exchange and Rational Choice Theory 7/ Cultural Materialism 8/ Social Evolutionism 9/ Sociobiology 10/ Eclecticism Epilogue/ Toward Synthesis
Appendix A/ Deconstructing Postmodernism Appendix B/ The Author Expands His Criticisms and Debates His Critics Appendix C/ Conceptual Problems and Theory Choice Appendix D/ The “Lay of the Land” in Contemporary Theory