Readings in Contemporary Sociological Theory

Readings in Contemporary Sociological Theory : From Modernity to Post-Modernity

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A guide to modern sociological theory which features a collection of 39 essays written by American and European theorists. A chapter is devoted to one of the leading developments in sociological theory in the 1990s - the attempt to link together or synthesize theories written at the micro and macro levels of analysis. The text highlights the feminist critique by including representative essays and concludes with two essays on more

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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 178.3 x 234.7 x 22.4mm | 686.75g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Englewood Cliffs, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0131042661
  • 9780131042667

Table of contents

I. FUNCTIONALISM AND NEOFUNCTIONALISM. 1. A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, On the Concept of Function in Social Science. 2. Robert K. Merton, Prevailing Postulates in Functional Analysis. 3. Charles Ackerman and Talcott Parsons, The Concept of "Social System" as a Theoretical Device. 4. Niklas Luhmann, The World Society as a Social System. 5. Paul B. Colomy, Recent Developments in the Functionalist Approach to Change. 6. Jonathan H. Turner and Alexandra R. Maryanski, Is "Neofunctionalism" Really Functional? II. CONFLICT THEORY. 7. Anthony Giddens, Time and Space in Social Theory: Critical Remarks upon Functionalism. 8. Ralf Dahrendorf, Toward a Theory of Social Conflict. 9. Lewis A. Coser, Social Conflict and the Theory of Social Change. 10. Randall Collins, Three Faces of Cruelty: Towards a Comparative Sociology of Violence. 11. Randall Collins, Maturation of the State-Centered Theory of Revolution and Ideology. III. MARXISM AND NEO-MARXISM. 12. Herbert Marcuse, Some Social Implications of Modern Technology. 13. Philip Kasinitz, Neo-Marxist Views of the State. 14. Jurgen Habermas, What Does a Crisis Mean Today? Legitimation Problems in Late Capitalism. 15. Immanuel Wallerstein, The Present State of the Debate on World Inequality. 16. Erik Olin Wright, What Is Analytical Marxism? 17. Lise Vogel, Marxism and Socialist-Feminist Theory: A Decade of Debate. IV. MICROSOCIOLOGY. 18. Leonard S. Cottrell, Jr., George Herbert Mead: The Legacy of Social Behaviorism. 19. Herbert Blumer, Society as Symbolic Interaction. 20. George Psathas, Ethnomethods and Phenomenology. 21. A. Lincoln Ryave and James N. Schenkein, Notes on the Art of Walking. 22. George C. Homans, Social Behavior as Exchange. 23. Elaine Hatfield, Equity Theory and Research: An Overview. 24. Nancy C. M. Hartsock, Exchange Theory: Critique from a Feminist Standpoint. 25. Erving Goffman, The Interaction Order. V. MICRO VERSUS MACRO APPROACHES. 26. George C. Homans, The Present State of Sociological Theory. 27. Bruce H. Mayhew, Structuralism versus Individualism: Shadowboxing in the Dark. 28. Debra Friedman and Michael Hechter, The Contribution of Rational Choice Theory to Macrosociological Research. 29. Randall Collins, Micro-translation as a Theory-Building Strategy. 30. Peter M. Blau, Microprocess and Macrostructure. 31. Pierre Bourdieu, Social Space and Symbolic Power. 32. Anthony Giddens, Agency, Institution, and Time-Space Analysis. VI. NEW PERSPECTIVES AND APPROACHES. 33. Edward O. Wilson, What Is Sociobiology? 34. William R. Catton, Jr., and Riley E. Dunlap, Environmental Sociology: A New Paradigm. 35. Judith Stacey and Barrie Thorne, The Missing Feminist Revolution in Sociology. 36. Joanne Finkelstein, Considerations for a Sociology of the Emotions. 37. Charles Tilly, Future History. 38. Norman K. Denzin, Postmodern Social Theory. 39. Steven Seidman, The End of Sociological Theory: The Postmodern more

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