Perspectives in Sociology

Perspectives in Sociology : Classical and Contemporary

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Perspectives in Sociology provides students with a lively and critical introduction to sociology and to the ways in which sociologists are trained to think and work. The subject is presented as a sequence of different perspectives on the social world, all of them interrelated, sometimes in conflict with one another, and all contributing important and necessary insights. The discussion is backed up by extensive reference to empirical studies.
This edition has been considerably revised. A chapter on critical theory has been added in order to reflect the extensive work and thinking that Marx's basic work continues to stimulate. The chapter on research strategies now takes account of new developments in the philosophy of science that are relevant for sociological approaches. Throughout, the authors have rewritten extensively in their continuing desire to produce clarity, and to respond to the comments of students and teachers.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 175.3 x 250.4 x 20.6mm | 653.18g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 0415159792
  • 9780415159791

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Rethinking Sociology Part One: 2. Karl Marx 3. Max Weber 4. Emile Durkheim Part Two: 5. Consensus and Conflict 6. Symbolic Interaction 7. Ethnomethodology 8. Western Marxism 9. Structuralism Part Four: 10. Poststructuralism: Abandoning Reason Michel Foucault 12. Poststructuralism and Postmodernity 13. Back to Sociological Theory: Theoreticism and Synthesis
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"There have been many substantial changes in the discipline. The opening up of new concerns and the questioning of established perspectives and methodologies. I think that this new edition captures effectively the nature of these new concerns, takes the debate forward, and presents them usefully to new undergraduates."
-David Newton, Staffordshire University
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