“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.

Critical Theory: The Frankfurt School and Habermas

Critical Theory: The Frankfurt School and Habermas

Critical theory: The Frankfurt School and Habermas

A persistent hope for many of the Marxist theorists you will encounter was that the proletariat would eventually come to their senses and overthrow oppressive capitalist society. By the 1920s, a number of Western theorists had started to despair that this would ever occur. In fact, the 1917 socialist revolution in the semifeudal Russian state seemed to call into question the original Marxist analysis of capitalism. Many social theorists felt a return to the drawing board was in order to try to discover why the revolution was delayed, despite the persistence of inequality and alienation, and what could be done to alter the situation in order to usher in the change to ...

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