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The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory / Edition 3
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The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory / Edition 3

by Kenneth Allan
 

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ISBN-10: 1412992788

ISBN-13: 9781412992787

Pub. Date: 05/21/2013

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This fully updated Third Edition of Kenneth Allan’s acclaimed The Social Lens emphasizes the diversity of classical and contemporary theory, critical thinking, and the importance of historical context. Chosen for the diversity of their perspectives and their suitability for introducing students to contemporary social

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This fully updated Third Edition of Kenneth Allan’s acclaimed The Social Lens emphasizes the diversity of classical and contemporary theory, critical thinking, and the importance of historical context. Chosen for the diversity of their perspectives and their suitability for introducing students to contemporary social thought, a wide variety of theorists appear in the text with their individual voices vividly intact. The author engages students in the historic and contemporary changes that have spawned diverse social theories and invites them to see theory as an element within a broader range of critical thinking skills that can be applied to current social problems.

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ISBN-13:
9781412992787
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
614
Sales rank:
278,843
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Modernity and the Sociological Response
Chapter 1. On Theory
A Lesson From History
Critical Thinking and Theory
Theory in Brief
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 2. The Evolution of Society: Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
Theorist's Digest
The Life and Times of Herbert Spencer
Concepts and Theory: Social Evolution
Concepts and Theory: Social Institutions
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 3. Contradictions in Capitalism: Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Theorist's Digest
The Life and Times of Karl Marx
Concepts and Theory: Human Nature and History
Concepts and Theory: Contradictions in Capitalism
Concepts and Theory: The Problem of Consciousness
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 4. The Irrationality of Rationality: Max Weber (1864-1920)
Theorist's Digest
The Life and Times of Max Weber
Concepts and Theory: The Rationalization of Society--Religion
Concepts and Theory: The Rationalization of Society--Capitalism
Concepts and Theory: The Rationalization of Society--Bureaucracy
Concepts and Theory: Class, Authority, and Social Change
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 5. The Problem With Diversity: Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
Theorist's Digest
The Life and Times of Emile Durkheim
Concepts and Theory: Religious Roots of Society
Concepts and Theory: Social Diversity and Morality
Concepts and Theory: Individualism in Modern Society
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 6. The Modern Person: George Herbert Mead and Georg Simmel
George Herbert Mead (1863-1931)
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Truth, Meaning, and Action
Concepts and Theory: Meaning and Interaction
Concepts and Theory: Making Yourself
Summary
Georg Simmel (1858-1918)
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The Individual in Society
Concepts and Theory: The Self in the City
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 7. The Challenges of Gender and Race: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and W. E. B. Du Bois
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The Social Evolution of Gender
Summary
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Cultural Oppression
Concepts and Theory: The Dark Nations and World Capitalism
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Part II: Contemporary Sociological Theory
Chapter 8. Structural Functionalism: Talcott Parsons, Robert K. Merton, and Jeffrey C. Alexander
Social Systems: Talcott Parsons
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Making the Social System
Concepts and Theory: System Functions and Control
Summary
Unanticipated Consequences and Ambivalence: Robert K. Merton
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Critiquing Parsons' Functionalism
Concepts and Theory: Dynamic Functionalism
Summary
Democracy and Civil Society: Jeffrey C. Alexander
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The New Civil Sphere
Concepts and Theory: Civil Institutions
Concepts and Theory: Civil Society Outcomes
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 9. Conflict Theory: Lewis Coser, Ralf Dahrendorf, and Randall Collins
The Functional Consequences of Conflict: Lewis Coser
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Variation in Conflict
Concepts and Theory: The Integrating Forces of Conflict
Summary
Power and Dialectical Change: Ralf Dahrendorf
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Power and Group Interests
Concepts and Theory: Conditions of Conflict and Social Change
Summary
Emotion and the World in Conflict: Randall Collins
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Four Main Points in Conflict Sociology
Concepts and Theory: Geopolitics
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 10: What Happened to Class? Erik Olin Wright, Daniel Bell, and Pierre Bourdieu
Making Class Count: Erik Olin Wright
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Analytical Marxism
Concepts and Theory: Specifying Class
Summary
Postindustrial Society: Daniel Bell
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Rethinking Society
Concepts and Theory: The Decline of Class
Concepts and Theory: Polity and Culture
Summary
Embodying Class: Pierre Bourdieu
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Structuring Class
Concepts and Theory: Replicating Class
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 11. Structures of Racial and Gender Inequality: William Julius Wilson and Janet Saltzman Chafetz
The Declining Significance of Race: William Julius Wilson
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: American Racial History
Concepts and Theory: Policy Implications
Summary
Structures of Gender Inequality: Janet Saltzman Chafetz
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Coercive Structures of Gender Inequality
Concepts and Theory: Changing Gender Inequality
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 12. Exchange Theory: George Homans, Peter Blau, and Randall Collins
Elementary Forms of Social Behavior: George Homans
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Basic Principles of Behavioral Psychology
Summary
Social Exchanges and Power: Peter Blau
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Social Exchanges
Concepts and Theory: Creating Power and Social Structures
Summary
Ritualized Exchanges: Randall Collins
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Emotion--The Generalized Media of Exchange
Concepts and Theory: Interaction Ritual Chains (IRCs)
Concepts and Theory: The Ritualized Production of Stratification
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 13. Self and Situation: Erving Goffman, R. S. Perinbanayagam, and Harold Garfinkel
Managing Your Self-Image: Erving Goffman
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Impression Management
Concepts and Theory: Frames and Keys
Summary
The Language of the Self: R. S. Perinbanayagam
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Dialogic Acts and Agency
Concepts and Theory: Language of Identity
Summary
Organizing Ordinary Life: Harold Garfinkel
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Everyday Social Order as an Accomplishment
Concepts and Theory: Doing Society--Reflexively
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Part III: Contemporary New Visions and Critiques
Chapter 14. Problems in Modernity: Jurgen Habermas and Anthony Giddens
Democracy in Danger: Jurgen Habermas
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Capitalism and Legitimation
Concepts and Theory: The Colonization of Democracy
Concepts and Theory: Communicative Action and Civil Society
Summary
Runaway Modernity: Anthony Giddens
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The Dynamics of Modernity
Concepts and Theory: The Experience of Modernity
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 15. Globalizing Systems: Immanuel Wallerstein and Manuel Castells
Global Capitalism: Immanuel Wallerstein
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The Dialectics of Capitalism
Concepts and Theory: The End of the World as We Know It
Summary
The Network Society: Manuel Castells
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Information Technology
Concepts and Theory: Networks, Identities, and Democracy
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 16. Upsetting Reality: Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard
Defining the Possible and Impossible: Michel Foucault
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The Truth About Truth
Concepts and Theory: The Practices of Power
Concepts and Theory: Disciplining the Body
Summary
The End of Everything: Jean Baudrillard
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Mediating the World
Concepts and Theory: Losing the World
Concepts and Theory: The Postmodern Person
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Chapter 17. Politics of Identity: Dorothy E. Smith, Patricia Hill Collins, and Cornel West
Gendered Consciousness: Dorothy E. Smith
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The Problem With Facts
Concepts and Theory: The Standpoint of Women
Summary
Race and Matrices of Domination: Patricia Hill Collins
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: The Standpoint of Black Women
Concepts and Theory: Intersectionality and Matrices of Domination
Summary
Race and Democracy: Cornel West
Theorist's Digest
Concepts and Theory: Black Existence in America
Concepts and Theory: The Post-Democratic Age
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
References
Index
About the Author

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