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Contemporary Sociological Theory 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1405148566
ISBN-10: 140514856X
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"By presenting the original writings of some of the major theorists of our time, this book offers an accessible and valuable overview of contemporary theory for both students and professors."
Steven Seidman, University of Albany

“This new, and much improved, edition of a superior reader offers a judicious sampling of influential readings in contemporary sociological theory admirably supplemented by knowing editorial overviews.”
Michael Hechter, Arizona State University

Book Description

This meticulous collection of contemporary sociological theory is the definitive guide to current perspectives and approaches in the field. Organized thematically, this volume includes the most representative material available on topics such as symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, structuralism, network theory, critical theory, feminist theory, and the debates over modernity and postmodernity. The theories of Foucault, Giddens and Bourdieu are thoroughly represented in order to enable the reader to examine their work in depth. For this second edition, selected readings bring the book up to date and enhance the richness of the text by way of examples, accessibility, and connections to todayrsquo;s theoretical discussions. Editorial introductions put these readings into theoretical perspective, making this an authoritative and compact survey of contemporary sociological theory, and an essential text for undergraduate courses. The approach of giving substantial primary source texts rather than merely ldquo;snippets,rdquo; and backing these up with substantial introductions, is maintained for the new edition. Contemporary Sociological Theory, in conjunction with its complement, Classical Sociological Theory, offers readers a complete overview of sociological theory.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140514856X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405148566
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Perhaps the word Contemporary in the title needs some clarification. The papers in the book are not just from the last 10 years, say. Instead, the book aspires to provide some of the seminal papers in sociology, written across the 20th century. To the sociology student, these tracts perhaps form the best expression of how the field developed. Several of the papers relate to and analyse the vast social changes that occurred in the United States during this time; especially in the roles and status of blacks and women.

The editors arranged the text in several parts. Often, a part is grouped around a prominent researcher or philosopher, like Foucault, Giddens or Habermas, giving papers written by them.

To a lay reader, some chapters may be difficult trudging, as they are geared towards professionals already in the field.
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Just a heads up: this edition is significantly different from the 3rd edition.

I purchased this one for a class that called for the 3rd edition, and it has differently ordered chapters and is missing at least one chapter included in the 3rd edition. Otherwise, it's contributing greatly to my understanding of the field of sociological theory, and I highly recommend it!
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By BlessedMom10 on October 12, 2013
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I love this book, it discusses exactly what is going on in our current society. These theorist have given us insight on what our position as human beings in this world really mean.
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By Adam Vega on February 25, 2014
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Just what I needed for school, and it came right on time. The book goes over the vital details of the theorists without going overboard.
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