“The strengths of this text are the breadth of theories covered; the integration of gender-related topics— family, work, religion; the use of substantial quotes from primary texts; the consistent inclusion of methodological issues…. I have no doubt that it will find a solid position in the field of theory texts.”

--Kathleen Slobin, North Dakota State University

A concise, yet surprisingly comprehensive theory text, given the range of ideas, historical context, and theorists discussed. Unlike other books of the type, Contemporary Sociological Theory focuses on how the pivotal theories contributed not only to the development of the field, but also to the evolution of ideas concerning social life.

Twentieth-Century Functionalism: Parsons and Merton

Twentieth-Century Functionalism: Parsons and Merton

Twentieth-century functionalism: Parsons and Merton

Andra Lyons can't explain how she raised four children alone on a $5-an-hour job pumping gas. She only knows it's been a numbing struggle. … Her hardships are familiar to neighbors on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation, where roughly half the 13,000 residents lack full-time jobs and per capita income is $14,000, two-thirds of the national average.

But with today's opening of the $30 million Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Lyons believes the Mohawks' luck is turning.

“We've needed something like this for a long time,” says Lyons, who trained for weeks to become a card dealer at the casino.

But the Mohawks do expect gambling to have the same … impact it did for the Oneidas, who have pulled themselves ...

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