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.

New and Proven Features

  • 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 is Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1995). Most recent teaching is in the areas of: Sociological Theory, Social Psychology, and Sociology of Culture.  He has published numerous articles in theory, and a book in 1998, The Meaning of Culture, explicating cultural theory.  He also contributed to Turnerrsquo;s last two editions of The Structure of Sociological Theory.  Over the past eight years he has taught well over 30 courses in social theory.

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