Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World

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Kenneth Allan
Pine Forge Press, 2010 - Social Science - 451 pages
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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, Second Edition 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.

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  • An emphasis on teaching readers how to think theoretically, offering the context of modernity as a meaningful framework
  • A focus on the particular perspective of each theorist with its nuances intact
  • A categorical scheme that helps students situate the theorists, compare their work, and ponder for themselves some of sociology's big questions
  • Extensive use of original source material from theorists' 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 sociology
  • A Building Your Own Theory Toolbox section at the end of each chapter to encourage further exploration

Other theory texts from Kenneth Allan

The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociologial Theory
Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory: Visualizing Social Worlds

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About the author (2010)

Kenneth Allan received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Riverside (1995), and is currently professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Before moving to UNCG, he directed the Teaching Assistant Development Program at the University of California, Riverside, and coedited" Training Teaching Assistants, 2nd Edition" (1997), published by the American Sociological Association. In addition to teaching classical and contemporary theory at UNCG, Allan also supervised UNCG s sociology iSchool program, which offered online introduction to sociology classes to high school students across North Carolina, has designed several online courses for both the college and department, and has regularly taught graduate pedagogy courses. Allan s research areas include theory, culture, and the self. He has authored several works in the area of theory, including multiple textbooks covering classical and contemporary theory, as well as "The Meaning of Culture: Moving the Postmodern Critique Forward", and "A Primer in Social and Sociological Theory: Toward a Sociology of Citizenship". His current projects include a social history of American individualism, a sociological analysis of consciousness and self, as well as a novel based in early 20th century American life.

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