Trained at UCLA and at NYU respectively, Laura Desfor Edles and Scott Appelrouth were frustrated by their inability to find a sociological theory text that could inspire enthusiasm in undergraduate students while providing them with analytical tools for understanding theory and exposing them to original writings from pivotal theorists. They developed this widely used text/reader to fill that need.
Sociological Theory in the Classical Era introduces students to original major writings from sociology's key classical theorists. It also provides a thorough framework for understanding these challenging readings. For each theorist, the authors give a biographical sketch, discuss intellectual influences and core ideas, and offer contemporary examples and applications of those ideas. Introductions to every reading provide additional background on their structure and significance. This book also makes frequent use of photos, diagrams, tables, and charts to help illustrate important concepts.
Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:
- Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
- Chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
- Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch conversation by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
- Suggested Writing Assignments for individual or group projects provide lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class reinforce active learning.
- Tables and Figures are available in an easily-downloadable format for use in papers, hand-outs, and presentations
New to this edition:
- Dated examples have been removed and replaced by newer, more timely applications of classical theory to contemporary social life.
- The authors have developed 10 new conceptual diagrams to illustrate complex ideas.
- Many of introductions to readings have been revised to add new insights and historical context.
- Chapters 1 has been is significantly revised, to better explain the intellectual, political, cultural, and economic origins of sociological theory. The authors have added new material on the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and the French Revolution.
- The chapter on Karl Marx compares working conditions in China’s high-tech manufacturing centers to the conditions Marx witnessed in Europe at the height of the Industrial Revolution
- The chapter on Emile Durkheim expands on Durkheim’s ideas about the social functions of crime, and how crime can create opportunities for progressive social change.
- In the chapter on Max Weber, the introduction to “The Spirit of Capitalism” uses data from 2014 on U.S. household credit card debt and household savings rates to consider the state of Weber’s “iron cage” today.
- The chapter on Charlotte Perkins Gilman opens with a new assessment of global gender in the contemporary world, to provide context for reading Gilman’s multi-dimensional feminist writings over a century ago.
- The chapter on W.E. B. Du Bois has a new section on the literary qualities of Du Bois’s work, and the connections between Du Bois’s social consciousness and Biblical traditions.
- All chapters have new discussion questions.
- The authors have added a glossary of key terms.