Contemporary Sociological Theory: Continuing the Classical Tradition

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This text examines the concepts and assumptions of the five major sociological theories and the classical roots of the modern theories. It focuses upon functionalism, conflict theory, theories of rational choice, symbolic interactionism and phenomenology. It provides feminist contributions and critiques on each major perspective and expands the discussion of Pierre Bourdieu's theoretical contributions. A new section on sociology of the body is also provided.

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This text examines the five major sociological theories -- their assumptions and concepts -- and the classical roots of the modern theories. It focuses specifically on functionalism, conflict theory, theories of rational choice, symbolic interactionism, and phenomenology.

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Key Benefit: This book examines the five major sociological theories, functionalism, conflict theory, theories of rational choice, symbolic interactionism, and phenomenology, their assumptions and concepts, and the classical roots of the modern theories. Key Topics: Focuses on those writers whose work has most influenced social theory. Explores Key concepts of each theory, the background of the major theorists, empirical applications, and everyday "lay" use of each perspective.

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