1st Edition

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
Investigation and Application

ISBN 9780205254163
Published August 6, 2013 by Routledge
480 Pages

USD $120.00

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Book Description

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory: Investigation and Application, 1/e, is the most comprehensive, informative social theory book on the market. The title covers multiple schools of thought and applies their ideas to society today. Readers will learn the origins of social theory and understand the role of myriad social revolutions that shaped the course of societies around the world.

Table of Contents

Part I The Classical Period of Sociological Theory

1.     The Early Roots of Sociological Theory

2.     Karl Marx

3.     Emile Durkheim

4.     Georg Simmel

5.     Max Weber

6.     Contributions from Women to Classical Social Theory

7.     George Herbert Mead

Part II  The Contemporary Period of Sociological Theory

8.     Structural Functionalism and Neofunctionalism

9.     Conflict Theory

10.   Symbolic Interactionism

11.   Social Exchange Theory and Network Analysis

12.   Ethnomethodology and Phenomenology

13.   Feminist Theory

14.   Critical Theory

15.   Modern and Postmodern Theories

Part III  Consistent and Significant Themes in Sociological Theory

16.   Five Centuries of Social Theory


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Tim Delaney is a Professor at SUNY Oswego. He has taught graduate and undergraduate sport sociology courses; has published numerous books, articles and book reviews; and has twice served as president of the New York State Sociological Association. He lives in Auburn, New York.



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