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The social lens : an invitation to social and sociological theory

Author: Kenneth Allan
Publisher: Los Angeles : Pine Forge Press/Sage Publications, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This textbook's tone invites the student reader in to explore with the author each new chapter of uncovered ground ... Allan also encourages students to think beyond the theory on the page to its implications for global society by providing what he calls 'theory you can use' ... a fresh, new and bold approach to the theory textbook."--Barbara J. Denison, Shippensburg University, Teaching Sociology, 36, pp. 161-184
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Allan
ISBN: 9781412978347 1412978343
OCLC Number: 505927342
Description: xvi, 661 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. Modernity and the sociological response --
1. Sociology theory and the modern agenda --
2. The evolution of society: Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) --
3. Contradictions in capitalism: Karl Marx (1818-1883) --
4. The irrationality of rationality: Max Weber (1864-1920) --
5. the problem with diversity: Emile Durkheim --
6. The modern person: George Herbert Mead and Georg Simmel --
7. The challenges of gender and race:Charlotte Perkins Gilman and W.E.B. DuBois --
pt. II. Mid-Twentieth Century Sociological theory --
8. Structural functionalism: Talcott Parsons and Robert K. Merton --
Conflict theory: Lewis Coser, Ralf Dahrendorf, and Randall Collins --
10. Structures of racial and gender inequality: William Julius Wilson and Janet Saltzman Chafetz --
11. Exchange theory: George Homans, Peter Blau, and Randall Collins --
12. The late modern person and the situation: Erving Goffman, Harold Garfinkel, and R.S. Perinbanayagam --
13. Critical theory: Jurgen Habermas (1929- ) --
pt. III. Contemporary new visions and critiques --
14. Toward a new vision of society: Anthony Giddens and Pierre Bourdieu --
15. Globalizing systems: Immanuel Wallerstein and Manuel Castells --
16. Upsetting reality: Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard --
17. Politics of identity: Dorothy E. Smith, Patricia Hill Collins, and Cornel West.
Responsibility: Kenneth Allan.

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