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.

Modernity: From the Promise of Modern Society to Postmodern Suspicions

Modernity: From the Promise of Modern Society to Postmodern Suspicions

Modernity: From the promise of modern society to postmodern suspicions

What does it mean to be modern? When did the modern age begin? Are we modern? What should we make of the claim made by Bruno Latour (1993), a French sociologist of science, that “we have never been modern”? Or what did Peter Wagner (2008) have in mind when he asserted, “But modernity today is not what it used to be” (p. 1)? Further along these lines, how should we respond to those—a growing chorus in recent years—who assert that, although we did until recently, we no longer live in modern society? Instead, they claim, we have entered a distinctly new “postmodern” world (Lyotard 1979; Harvey ...

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