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November 2012 | 768 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written by award-winning scholar, Jonathan Turner, Contemporary Sociological Theory covers the range of diversity of theory in nine theoretical traditions, and variants of theoretical approaches in these traditions. The result is a comprehensive review of present-day theorizing in sociology covering functional, evolutionary, ecological, conflict, interactionist, exchange, structuralist, cultural, and critical theories and the major proponents of these theories. Moreover, for each theoretical tradition, it origins are examined in a separate chapter with an eye to how classical theorists influenced the work of key contemporary scholars.

This book will serve as a valuable resource for those readers seeking in-depth and comprehensive coverage of contemporary traditions in their historical contexts. Unlike many texts, coverage is comprehensive and deep. The theories and their origins are examined in detail so that readers can fully understand the origins and present profile of theories in present-day sociology.

 
1. The Nature of Sociological Theory
 
PART I. FUNCTIONAL THEORIZING
 
2. The Rise of Functional Theorizing
 
3. Talcott Parsons' Analytical Functionalism
 
4. The Systems Functinoalism of Niklas Luhmann
 
5. Efforts to Revitalize Functionalism
 
PART II. EVOLUTIONARY AND ECOLOGICAL THEORIES
 
6. The Rise of Evolutionary and Ecological Theories
 
7. Ecological Theories
 
8. Stage Theories of Societal Evolution
 
9. Darwinian-inspired Evolutionary Theories
 
PART III. CONFICT THEORIZING
 
10. The Rise of Conflict Theorizing
 
11. Early Analytical Conflict Theories
 
12. Randall Collins' Analytical Conflict Theory
 
13. Marxian Conflict Theories
 
14. Conflict Theories in Historical-Comparative Sociology
 
PART IV. INTERACTIONIST THEORIZING
 
15. The Rise of Interactionist and Phenomenological Theorizing
 
16. Symbolic Interactionist Theories of Identity
 
17. Roles Theories
 
18. Status Theories
 
19. Dramaturgical Theories
 
20. Ethnomethological Theories
 
PART V. EXCHANGE THEORIZING
 
21. The Rise of Exchange Theorizing
 
22. Early Exchange Theorizing
 
23. Rational Choice Theories
 
24. Exchange-Network Theories
 
PART VI. STRUCTURALIST AND CULTURAL THEORIZING
 
25. The Rise of Structuralist and Cultural Theorizing
 
26. Early Structural and Cultural Theories
 
27. Cultural Theories
 
28. Structuration Theory
 
29. Network Analysis
 
PART VII. THE CHALLENGE OF CRITICAL THEORIZING
 
30. The Rise of Critical Theorizing
 
31. Critical Theorizing in the Frankfurt School
 
32. Postmodernism as Critical Theory
 
33. American-style Critical Theory

The book is a very good addition to the list of highly recommended literautre

Professor Christian Fleck
Dep of Sociology, University of Graz
December 17, 2012

This book provides a very good background reading for students of applied social sciences. Detailed examination of the theories and their origins will provide students with full understanding of the theories and their present-day application to the health and social care sector.

Mr Gbenga Olajugbagbe
Department of Teaching, Health and Care, Southwark College
December 13, 2012
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ISBN: 9781452203454
£96.00