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Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings Paperback – July 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0813343921 ISBN-10: 0813343925 Edition: Fourth Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Fourth Edition edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lemert provides an illuminating introduction to the collection and introductions to each section that provide an overview of the socio-historical context and delineation of key thinkers and texts in each period. Combining important classical and contemporary material, Lemert's collection enables the student and reader to trace out the origins of the modern world to our present global and conflicted condition."
—Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles


 



"This collections presents a provocative wide-angle view of the history of social theory, including very recent work which interestingly engages with a future only dimly coming into focus. Well-chosen selections from the new social movements as well as the classics and recent mainstream make this a fine introduction for courses in the social sciences. The collection also offers students and scholars in other fields a valuable overview of the ideas and assumptions that have shaped thought in the humanities, jurisprudence, and public policy more generally."
—Sandra Harding, UCLA, Co-Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society




"Lemert gives shape to a sociological imagination for the twenty-first century. This is necessary reading for us all."
—Patricia Clough, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center





"With an equally sure grasp of the classics of the past and the probable classics of the future, Charles Lemert has assembled a remarkable array of stimulating readings in social theory. The result is a well-stocked tool kit for the canon wars of the twenty-first century."
—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley




"Social Theory is an essential guide through the complex contours of multicultural ideology and theory from the nineteenth century to the present. Lemert brings together a surprising range of multicultural voices and perspectives into a powerful and provocative introductory text. Social Theory clearly illustrates how critical ideas have the power to transform societies."
—Manning Marable, Columbia University




"A rich, highly textured, historically sweeping, and strikingly inclusive collection that aims to reconstruct, perhaps for the first time, the actual dialogue of contemporary social thought."
—Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University





"Charles Lemert captures the surfacing of multiple theoretical voices in the postmodern era. No theory course should be without Social Theory."
—Steve Seidman, State University of New York at Albany

About the Author

Charles Lemert is professor of sociology at Wesleyan University and the author of numerous classic books including Sociology After the Crisis and Social Things.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By not a natural on June 4, 2009
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Lemert's book, Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classical Readings, is worth reading, but it covers an enormously broad range of theoretical perspectives. In some instances, coverage of any one theorist and concepts crucial to understanding his or her work is startlingly brief. George Herbert Mead, for example, is given only five pages to explain the structure of the self and the key role it plays in his social behaviorism. Furthermore, while Lemert's own comments are learned and valuable, this is not the sort of book that provides well-developed concrete examples. Beyond that, little attention in given to synthesizing the complementary efforts of disparate theorists.

While a useful book, this is the kind of text which invites misunderstanding and abuse. Readers are unimpressed by the apparent shallowness of great thinkers who are given too little attention. Ill-tutored instructors are inclined to present material in a disconnected list-like fashion, without developing the ideas listed by Lemert. Perhaps the character of the book was determined by the nature of a specific market at which it was aimed. Sad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sicsent on November 24, 2008
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This collection is unmatched in its comprehension, particularly in regards to its inclusion of a wide variety of contemporary perspectives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yark Bark on September 26, 2010
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Heavy on Sociology, yet fantastic for anyone interested in the progression of Western social theory since the Industrial Revolution.
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This text is very through and covers a lot of different . Everything is well laid out and it is a must read for anyone who is receiving an education in a field pertaining to sociology. I will say that while there was a broad range of contributions, I wished there had been more pieces written by female theorists.
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Excellent resource for undergrads and grads needing to have texts by the classical theorists (Marx, Engles, Durkheim, Weber and Freud) and the more modern theorists at their fingertips. Highly recommend as a text for classes as well as for people interested in social theories.
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By eddie yi on April 27, 2013
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Bought this for a class, but I'll keep it around for a while!
Chronologically sorted, this is a very nice anthology with a wide range of authors for anyone dipping their toes into social theory be it for economics, psychology, or for, of course, sociology!
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By Laura on March 18, 2015
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This book is INCREDIBLY dense. I'd much rather have thrown it out a window. But really couldn't do that in a Sociology class. Tough read, but great when you're trying to learn about the Sociological basics/theories.
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