Sociological Theory in the Classical Era: Text and Readings

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Pine Forge Press, Oct 9, 2009 - Social Science - 428 pages

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.

This affordable text/reader hybrid introduces students to original major writings from sociology's key classical theorists as well as from a variety of other voices, and also provides a helpful theoretical and historical framework, written by the editors, with which to understand those often intimidating readings. In addition to presenting a unique format, this book is one of the only theory texts to feature photos and diagrams, making it even more student friendly.

New and Retained Features

  • The book’s praised text/reader format provides students with the interpretive and analytical guidance necessary to interpret the included original readings.
  • The book is updated throughout, with new readings added to the Weber, Marx, and Durkheim chapters.
  • A theoretical framework presented in Chapter 1 gives students a visual means to understand the theorists and perspectives that follow.
  • Theoretical Orientation Diagrams and Core Concepts Diagrams, now even more visually appealing, show students how to fit the theorist under study into the broader universe of social theory.
  • “Significant Others” boxes, including 5 new ones, provide information on theorists who may have followed and derived much of their own perspective from the major theorists featured in each chapter.
  • The ends of chapters include even more discussion questions in this edition.
  • Unlike other texts, each chapter includes photos of theorists and of the historical milieu from which the theories arose, along with applications to contemporary scenes. In particular, the Du Bois chapter includes a new photo of President Obama.

Ancillaries

  • Password-protected instructor resources, new to this edition, are available at www.pineforge.com/edles2einstr and include test questions and PowerPoint slides for each chapter.

Intended Audience

This text is intended for Classical Sociological Theory or Sociological Theory courses in sociology departments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Praise for the First Edition

“Sociological Theory in the Classical Era is an ambitious and successful attempt to revitalize the teaching of sociological theory….” —Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University

“.… This book will likely be template that future texts in theory will try to emulate.” —Edward Lehman, New York University

"I chose this text because it is largely dedicated to original texts and it offers relevant yet short introductions…. I also particularly like that the intros to individual texts offer context but do not directly summarize or analyze the excerpts.” —Jacques Henry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Contents

0 Alice in Wonderland
1
1 Basic Theoretical Continuum as to the Nature of Social Order
11
Karl Marx
17
A Cog in a Machine
23
2 Marxs Basic Theoretical Orientation
27
READINGS
30
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
93
Émile Durkheim
94
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
266
Georg Simmel
267
1 Simmels Web of Group Affiliations
273
READINGS
278
2 Comparison of Simmel and Marx on the Issue of Economic Value
279
1 Flirtation
295
4 Duality of the Stranger
301
2 Punk Fashion
307

1 Durkheims Basic Theoretical Orientation
101
READINGS
103
Village in Namibia Africa
104
SelfImmolation
121
3a Congregation Taking Communion at a Catholic Church
136
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
152
Max Weber
153
1 Webers Four Types of Social Action
156
2 Webers Basic Theoretical Orientation
164
READINGS
167
1 Webers Notions of Class Status and Party
193
William Jefferson Clinton
202
2 Webers Types of Legitimate Domination
203
2 Waiting in Line at a University Student Services Building
211
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
220
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
221
1 Gilmans Basic Theoretical Orientation
228
Gone with the Wind
230
READINGS
231
Berlin Circa 1900
314
Impressionist Painting
315
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
324
W E B Du Bois
325
2 Du Bois with Mao TseTung 1959
333
1 Du Boiss Basic Theoretical Orientation
336
READINGS
338
5 Segregated Drinking Fountains Circa 1963
348
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
370
George Herbert Mead
371
Evolutionism
376
1 Meads Basic Theoretical Orientation
378
A Mommy Feeding Her Baby
390
3 Delegates to the United Nations
406
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
415
References
416
Photo Credits
421
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About the author (2009)

Laura Desfor Edles (Ph.D., UCLA, 1990) is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Cultural Sociology in Practice (Blackwell Publishers, 2002), and various articles on social theory and culture.

Scott Appelrouth (Ph.D., New York University, 2000) is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. His interests include social theory, cultural sociology, and social movements. He teaches classical and contemporary theory at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and has published various articles in research and teaching journals.

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