Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts, and their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century
September 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
- Uses a wide range of newspaper examples to illustrate the relevance to sociological theory
- Contains excerpts from theorists’ primary texts
- Includes chapter-specific glossaries of all theoretical concepts discussed in the book
- Short biographies and historical timelines of significant events provide context to various theorists’ ideas
- Incorporates a range of pedagogical features
- Supporting website includes multiple choice and essay questions, PowerPoint slides, a quotation bank, and other background materials
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How to Use This Book.
Introduction: Welcome to Sociological Theory.
Analyzing Social Life.
Societal Transformation and the Origins of Sociology.
The Establishment of Sociology.
The Sociological Craft in the Nineteenth Century.
1. Karl Marx.
Expansion of Capitalism.
Marx’s Theory of History.
Capitalism as a Distinctive Social Form.
The Division of Labor and Alienation.
Ideology and Power.
2. Emile Durkheim.
Durkheim’s Methodological Rules.
The Nature of Society.
Societal Transformation and Social Cohesion.
Social Conditions of Suicide.
Religion and the Sacred.
3. Max Weber.
Sociology: Understanding Social Action.
Culture and Economic Activity.
Power, Authority, and Domination.
Modernity and Competing Values.
4. Structural-Functionalism: Talcott Parsons and Robert Merton.
The Social System.
Socialization and Societal Integration.
Social Differentiation, Culture, and the Secularization of Protestantism.
Stratification and Inequality.
Robert Merton’s Middle-Range Theory.
5. The Frankfurt School: Technology, Culture, and Politics.
Dialectic of Enlightenment.
Mass Culture and Consumption.
Politics: One-Dimensional Rationality.
Jurgen Habermas: The State and Society.
6. Conflict, Power, and Dependency in Macro-Societal Processes.
Ralf Dahrendorf’s Theory of Group Conflict.
C. Wright Mills.
Dependency Theory: Neo-Marxist Critiques of Economic Development.
7. Exchange, Exchange Network, and Rational Choice Theories.
Exchange Network Theory.
Rational Choice Theory.
8. Symbolic Interactionism.
Development of the Self through Social Interaction.
The Premises of Symbolic Interactionism.
Erving Goffman: Social Exchange as Ritualized Social Interaction.
Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnographic Research.
9. Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology.
10. Feminist Theories.
Consciousness of Women’s Inequality.
Standpoint Theories1: Dorothy Smith and the Relations of Ruling.
Standpoint Theories 2: Patricia Hill Collins – Black Women’s Standpoint.
Sociology of Emotion.
Arlie Hochschild: Emotional Labor.
11. Theorizing Sexuality and the Body.
Sexuality and Queer Theory.
12. Sociological Theories of Race and Racism.
Social Change, Race, and Racism.
Slavery, Colonialism, and Racial Formation.
William Du Bois: Slavery and Racial Inequality in the US.
Race and Class.
Race, Community, and Democracy.
Culture and the New Racism.
13. The Social Reproduction of Inequality: Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory of Class and Culture.
Family and School in the Production of Cultural Capital.
Taste and Everyday Culture.
Critique of the Modern.
Immanuel Wallerstein: The Modern World-System.
From World-Economic to Global Inequality.
Political Globalization: The Nation-State in the New Order.
Cities and Migration in a Globalizing Society.
Globalization of Risk.
Political Mobilization in the Globalizing Society.
Uses a wide range of current newspaper examples to illustrate the relevance and applicability of classical and contemporary sociological theory
Contains excerpts from theorists’ primary texts
Includes chapter-specific glossaries of all theoretical concepts discussed in the book
Short biographies and historical time-lines of significant events provide context to various theorists’ ideas
Incorporates a range of pedagogical features
Supporting website includes multiple choice and essay questions, PowerPoint slides, a quotation bank, and other background materials
–Peter Kivisto, Augustana College
“Impressive in scope and intellectually serious, Michele Dillon’s introduction to sociological theory is also really engaging. Her judgment about what to include is excellent. She clarifies key concepts without oversimplifying and integrates without flattening important differences in perspective. This should be a leading text for all theory teachers to consider.”
–Craig Calhoun, New York University
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