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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.

Beginning to See : A Sociological Core
Beginning to See: A Sociological Core

Most people enjoy a story with a good plot, one with a strong beginning and clear resolve at the end. Yet it’s equally true that the vast majority of stories don’t start with any sort of true beginning. The opening of a story is not natural or predetermined; rather it depends on the story itself, the central characters in it, and who’s telling it, too. It’s a little bit like the story of your life. Where does it begin? Your true beginning lies in the distant past, when your ancestors moved from one continent to another; when your distant relatives were conceived; and those precarious moments when your grandparents and parents met, ...

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