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Praised for its conversational tone, personal examples, and helpful pedagogical tools, the Fourth Edition of Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World is organized around the modern ideas of progress, knowledge, and democracy. With this historical thread woven throughout the chapters, the book presents a diverse selection of major classical theorists including Marx, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber, Mead, Simmel, Martineau, Gilman, Douglass, Du Bois, Parsons, and the Frankfurt School. Kenneth Allan and new co-author Sarah Daynes focus on the specific views of each theorist, rather than schools of thought, and highlight modernity and postmodernity to help contemporary readers understand how classical sociological theory applies to their lives.

Seeing Gender : Harriett Martineau and Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Seeing Gender: Harriett Martineau and Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Source: Wikimedia Commons (top); Library of Congress. Copyright by C. F. Lummis (bottom).

As we’ve seen, the social project of modernity is based on the idea, value, and belief in equality, and this belief comes from a more fundamental assumption about human beings: Every individual is capable of discerning truth, is born with the capacity to reason, and is not only able but required to make decisions that guide his or her life and contribute to the welfare of society at large. However, you also know that the social project fell well short of the mark—the belief in equality was in truth founded upon practices of inequality. Western ...

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