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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 Ahead : Defining Moments in Twentieth Century Theory: Talcott Parsons and the Frankfurt School
Seeing Ahead: Defining Moments in Twentieth Century Theory: Talcott Parsons and the Frankfurt School

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Part of what a classical theory text should do is prepare you for contemporary theory. Marx, Durkheim, and Weber are essential, but we’ve done a little bit more than is usual by considering how their ideas help us to understand our contemporary late- or postmodern society. Race and gender have become significant contemporary issues, and you now have significant background in those as well. And to really grasp contemporary sociological social psychology, Mead and Simmel are essential. In addition, there are two major “events” in sociology’s history that ...

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