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.

Evolutionism and Functionalism: Spencer and Sumner

Evolutionism and Functionalism: Spencer and Sumner

Evolutionism and functionalism: Spencer and sumner

Some call it evolution, And others call it God.

—W. H. Carruth, 1908

Despite the poet's belief, creationists and evolutionary scientists would not agree that biblical and scientific explanations of the world are interchangeable. Creationists assert that God created the earth and human beings in perfect form at a definite time; evolutionists assert that form naturally ...

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