This concise text, covers both classical and contemporary social thought. It traces the major schools of thought over the past 150 years as they appear and reappear in different chapters and looks at important new voices in social theory. The treatment of individual theories and theorists is balanced with the development of key themes and ideas about social life.
In Section I, you learned that fundamental social changes prompted many Western thinkers to examine the nature of society. From diverse viewpoints, theorists we would classify as reactionary conservatives, liberals, and radicals all saw industrial capitalism as imperfect and in need of change. ...