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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Key Sociological Thinkers

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9781137611208
Publication Date May 2017
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This is a stimulating guide to the lives, works and legacies of 24 of the most influential thinkers in sociology. The book gives a clear and contextualized introduction to classical and contemporary theory, illuminating complex ideas with examples from the everyday world. It continues to be an essential text for all students of sociological theory.

Rob Stones is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. He has a broad interest in social, sociological and political theory, their application in empirical research, and their importance to serious reflection on public issues. He has pioneered the version of structuration theory known as strong structuration theory (SST), designed to guide empirical case study research and adopted in diverse areas. His books include Sociological Reasoning (1996), Structuration Theory (2005), and Why Current Affairs Needs Social Theory (2015). He is the editor of two book series with Palgrave Macmillan, Themes in Social Theory and Traditions in Social Theory.

Introduction; Rob Stones
1. Karl Marx; Bob Jessop
After Marx: Culture and Politics in 20th and 21st Century Marxism: Antonio Gramsci & Ernesto Laclau
2. Max Weber; Lawrence Scaff
3. Emile Durkheim; Edward Tiryakian
4. Georg Simmel; Patrick Watier
5. W.E.B. DuBois; Reiland Rabaka
6. G.H Mead; Filipe Carreira da Silva
7. Talcott Parsons; Robert Holton
8. Robert K. Merton; Piotr Sztompka
After Merton: Structural Thinking in the 21st Century: Ulrich Beck
9. Norbert Elias; Jason Hughes
10. Erving Goffman; Susie Scott
11. Harold Garfinkel; John Heritage
12. Louis Althusser; Ted Benton
After Althusser: State Theory: Nicos Poulantzas & Bob Jessop
13. Jurgen Habermas; William Outhwaite
After Habermas: Critical Theory and Recognition: Nancy Fraser & Axel Honneth
14. Pierre Bourdieu; Derek Robbins
After Bourdieu: Adding Morals and Emotions to Habitus: Andrew Sayer
15. Michel Foucault; Lawrence Barth
16. Dorothy Smith; Karin Widerberg
17. Stuart Hall; Michèle Barrett
18. Nancy Chodorow; Karin Martin
Before and After Chodorow: Fruitful Dialectics in Feminist Thought: Simone de Beauvoir & Carol Gilligan
19. Anthony Giddens; Craig Browne
After Giddens: Social and System Integration: Nicos Mouzelis
20. Michael Mann; Ralph Schroeder
Before Mann: The Tradition of Historical Sociology: Barrington Moore & Theda Skocpol
22. Zygmunt Bauman; Tony Blackshaw
16. Arlie Hochschild; Simon Williams
23. Bruno Latour; Steve Matthewman
24. Jeffrey Alexander; Jason Mast. 

Bob Jessop
Craig Browne
Michele Barrett
Ted Benton
Lawrence Barth
Tony Blackshaw
Filipe Carreira da Silva
John Heritage
Robert Holton
Jason Hughes
Karin Martin
Jason L. Mast
Steve Matthewman
William Outhwaite
Reiland Rabaka
Lawrence A. Scaff
Ralph Schroeder
Susie Scott
Piotr Sztompka
Edward Tiryakian
Patrick Watier
Karin Widerberg
Simon Williams


[This] book is very well organized, clear in its argument about the importance of social theory, and approachable to sociologists at almost any level....Rob Stones and the 23 contributors to the second edition of Key Sociological Thinkers have created an informative and exciting exploration of the most important persons in the formation of current sociological thought. The book is an excellent resource for teaching because of its focus on connecting complex theory to applicable daily life and complex social theory' - Todd. M. Callais, Denison University, USA, in 'Teaching Sociology'.
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