Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era: Text and Readings 3/e
作者：Scott Appelrouth, Laura Desfor Edles
Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era, Third Edition is a text/reader that introduces students to the ideas and writings of key twentieth and twenty-first century theorists. Authors Scott Appelrouth and Laura Desfor Edles combine original texts, edited for classroom use, with extensive framing discussions that provide crucial biographical, historical, and theoretical context for readings. The book also provides an over-arching scaffolding that students can use to examine, compare, and contrast each theorist’s major themes and concepts. This unique format, combined with frequent use of photos, tables, and diagrams, makes Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era a lively, engaging, and “student-friendly” introduction to the world of contemporary theory.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
Postmodernism and Poststructuralism are now separate chapters, providing greater clarity for two of the more difficult-to-grasp perspectives in the contemporary canon.
Several theorists previously covered in Chapter 7 (Feminist and Gender Theories) and Chapter 9 (Contemporary Theoretical Syntheses) are now discussed in different contexts, to highlight their connections with other theoretical traditions:
Jürgen Habermas and Patricia Hill Collins in the Critical Theory chapter
Dorothy E. Smith in the Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology chapter
Pierre Bourdieu and Edward Said in the Poststructuralism chapter
Jean Baudrillard, Jean-François Lyotard, and Judith Butler in the Postmodernism chapter
Anthony Giddens in the Global Society chapter
New photos, charts, updated examples, and additional discussion questions/activities at the end of chapters.
Expanded historical discussion of key intellectual/social changes in the introductory chapter provides more background for the reader.
Theorists are grouped by theoretical schools and shared concerns: structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism , critiques of modern society, phenomenology, poststructuralism globalization, etc.
Focuses on many well-known figures such as Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, and Michel Foucault while also discussing the contributions of lesser-known voices as well.
Enables students to compare and contrast core concepts and idea by providing not only a biographical and theoretical summary of each theorist and reading but also an overarching theoretical framework with which to understand, compare, and contrast these selections.
Draws students in with contemporary applications and examples that get them to see that sociological theory is central to their everyday lives—and fascinating as well.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Structural Functionalism
Chapter 3: Critical Theory
Chapter 4: Exchange and Rational Choice Theories
Chapter 5: Symbolic Interactionism and Dramaturgy
Chapter 6: Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology
Chapter 7: Poststructuralism
Chapter 8: Postmodernism
Chapter 9: The Global Society
Scott Appelrouth - California State University, Northridge, USA
Laura Desfor Edles - California State University, Northridge, USA