An Introduction to Classical and Contemporary Social Theory: A Critical Perspective

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - 197 sider
This book provides a much needed critical perspective for an analysis of the works of some of the major classical and contemporary social theorists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Designed to stimulate interest in the beginning sociology student to examine the critical issues raised by these theorists, the book is intended as a text in introductory sociology and social theory courses to further familiarize students with the perspectives of some of the most prominent social theorists of our time. The twenty-one chapters that make up this book were designed to be brief, concise, and to the point, expressed whenever possible in the words of the theorists themselves, so that the central ideas can be presented in their original form. In this sense, this brief introductory theory book serves as an initial stepping-stone to more in-depth analysis of theorists usually covered in more advanced social theory texts.

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Marx and Engels on Social Class and Class Struggle
3
Durkheim on Society and the Social Order
13
Weber on Bureaucracy Power and Social Status
21
Pareto Mosca and Michels on Elites and Masses
29
Cooley and Mead on Human Nature and Society
37
Freud on the Development of Society and Civilization
47
Gramsci and Lenin on Ideology the State and Revolution
55
Kollontai on Class Gender and Patriarchy
63
Trimberger Block and Skocpol and NeoWeberian Theorizing
107
Romans on Social Exchange
115
Goffman and Garfinkel on Dramaturgy Ethnomethodology and Everyday Life
121
Wilson and Willie on Race Class and Poverty
131
Recent Developments in Contemporary Feminist Theory
141
Wallerstein and WorldSystems Theory
157
Therborn and Szymanski on Contemporary Marxist Theory
163
Harvey and Callinicos on Postmodernism and Its Critique
171

Du Bois and Frazier on Race Class and Social Emancipation
69
Contemporary Social Theory
77
Parsons Merton and Functionalist Theory
79
Mills on the Power Elite
87
Domhoff on the Power Structure and the Governing Class
93
Althusser Poulantzas and Miliband on Politics and the State
99
Conclusion
181
Bibliography
183
Index
193
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Berch Berberoglu is foundation professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he has been teaching and conducting research for the past twenty-eight years. Dr. Berberoglu has authored and edited twenty-two books and many articles in numerous scholarly journals. His recent books include Class Structure and Social Transformation (Praeger), The National Question: Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Self-Determination in the 20th Century (Temple University Press), Turmoil in the Middle East: Imperialism, War, and Political Instability (State University of New York Press), Labor and Capital in the Age of Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield), Globalization of Capital and the Nation State (Rowman & Littlefield) and Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield).

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