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Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory : Seeing the Social World

ISBN: 9781412992435 | 1412992435
Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub. Date: 4/30/2012

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Written in a praised conversational tone with personal examples and bolstered with helpful pedagogical tools, Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World introduces readers to the major classical theorists: Marx, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Schutz, Martineau Gilman, Du Bois, and Parsons. These theorists were chosen for diversity as well as utility in introducing students to contemporary theory. Author Kenneth Allan focuses on the specific views of each theorist, rather than schools of thought, and highlights modernity and postmodernity to help readers understand how classical sociological theory applies to their lives.An emphasis on teaching readers how to ˘think theoretically,÷ offering the context of modernity as a meaningful frameworkA focus on the particular perspective of each theorist with its nuances intactA categorical scheme that helps students situate the theorists, compare their work, and ponder for themselves some of sociologyĂs big questionsExtensive use of original source material from theoristsĂ writings, displaying the power and poetry of theory˘Definition,÷ ˘Big Idea,÷ and ˘Genesis of a Perspective÷ boxes throughout each chapter that discuss terms and concepts central to sociologyA ˘Building Your Own Theory Toolbox÷ section at the end of each chapter to encourage further exploration

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