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Theoretical Sociology

Theoretical Sociology
1830 to the Present

October 2012 | 936 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written by award-winning scholar, Jonathan Turner, Theoretical Sociology: 1830 to the Present is a monumental book that offers in-depth and comprehensive coverage of both the classical and modern traditions in sociological theory.

The text is dived into three key parts: Part 1 provides detailed analyses of the theories of the classical tradition, including the works of August Comte, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, and George Herbert Mead; Part 2 examines all of the principle theoretical traditions in sociology during the modern era, including the functional, general systems, ecological, evolutionary, conflict, exchange, symbolic interactionist, role and status, dramaturgical, phenomenological, structuralist, cultural, postmodern, European-critical, and American-style critical theories; Part 3 reviews the state of sociological theory today, including scientific elements of theory and how to overcome roadblocks that have prevented sociological theories from realizing their full explanatory power.

Theoretical Sociology
The Classical Period, 1830-1935
August Comte and The Emergence of Sociology
Herbert Spencer
Karl Marx
The Max Weber
Georg Simmel
Emile Durkheim
George Herbert Mead
The Classical Roots of Contemporary Theorizing
The Modern Era
Functional Theorizing
General Systems Theorizing
Ecological Theorizing
Evolutionary Theorizing
Conflict Theorizing
Exchange Theorizing
Symbolic Interactionist Theorizing
Role and Status Theorizing
Dramaturgical Theorizing
Phenomenological and Ethnomethodological Theorizing
Structuralist Theorizing (include structuration theory, network theory)
Cultural Theorizing
Postmodern Theorizing
European Critical Theorizing
American-style Critical Theorizing
The State of Sociological Theory
Elements of Scientific Theorizing
Overcoming Roadblocks to Cumulative
Explanatory Theory in Sociology


A great book that explains theory clearly.

Mrs Karen James
Care, Coleg Sir Gar
December 5, 2012

A great tool for the explanations of theory to upper-level students.

Ms Khalilah Hanan
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Indiana University Purdue - Fort Wayne
November 29, 2012
Key features
  • Coverage spans classical through contemporary sociological theorists and perspectives introducing students to a wide range of of theorists from throughout history
  • Presents theorists and theoretical perspectives with a level of depth and detail not found in competing texts, encouraging a deeper understanding of the concepts for readers
  • Author Jonathan Turner is an active theorist himself who has developed his own theories which adds a unique practical perspective to the text
  • The book is presented in a modular organization with sections that can easily be read out of order, providing more flexibility for instructors

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