Demonstrates the evolution of ideas developed by theorists over time and links classical sociological theory to today's world

Key Ideas in Sociology, Third Edition, is the only undergraduate text to link today's issues to the ideas and individuals of the era of classical sociological thought. Compact and affordable, this book provides an overview of how sociological theories have helped sociologists understand modern societies and human relations. It also describes the continual evolution of these theories in response to social change.

Providing students with the opportunity to read from primary texts, this valuable supplement presents theories as interpretive tools, useful for understanding a multifaceted, ever-shifting social world. Emphasis is given to the working world, to the roles and responsibilities of citizenship and to social relationships. A concluding chapter addresses globalization and its challenges.

Democracy: From the Fall of the Bastille to the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Democracy: From the Fall of the Bastille to the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Democracy: From the fall of the bastille to the fall of the berlin wall

Although democratic ideas have shaped Western thought for more than 2,500 years, with the ideal of the Greek city-state serving as a powerful model of the democratic polity, it is only the past two centuries that can appropriately be regarded as the “democratic age.” During this time, democratic ideals took root, first among the new middle classes in the nation-states of Western Europe and North America. These ideals filtered throughout all segments of those societies, and over time they spread across the globe (Glassman, Swatos, and Kivisto 1993; Markoff 1996).

Two powerful symbols can serve to frame this period ...

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