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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.

Diversity and Social Solidarity : Émile Durkheim
Diversity and Social Solidarity: Émile Durkheim

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Cultural diversity is a byword in contemporary society. It generally refers to racial or ethnic diversity. However, if we think about cultural diversity theoretically, the phrase “racial or ethnic diversity” begs the question, how is it that racial or ethnic groups come to have different cultures? Most people simply assume that different races and ethnic groups have diverse cultures. Yet there is no necessary relationship between what we think of as race and cultural diversity. Theoretically and sociologically, then, it is much better to ask how cultural diversity is created rather than simply assuming it exists. Besides, cultural diversity is much broader than merely race and ethnicity. For example, ...

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