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Key Sociological Thinkers (3rd Edition)

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The third edition of this popular and established core textbook provides an invaluable guide to 24 of the most influential thinkers in Sociology. Written by leading academics in the field, Key Sociological Thinkers provides...

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The third edition of this popular and established core textbook provides an invaluable guide to 24 of the most influential thinkers in Sociology. Written by leading academics in the field, Key Sociological Thinkers provides a clear and contextualised introduction to classical and contemporary theory. Each chapter offers an insightful assessment of a different theorist, exploring their lives, works and legacies, and in a much-valued 'Seeing Things Differently' section authors demonstrate how each thinker’s ideas can be used to illuminate aspects of social life in new ways.

With frameworks for deep learning around group discussion, this continues be an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Sociological and Social Theory.

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  • 24 chapters written by experts on each thinkers
  • Boxes exploring the legacies of key thinkers and the way in which ideas are applicable to the social world
  • Online-only chapters on Adorno, Blumer, De Beauvoir, Freud and Lockwood can be found on www.macmillanihe.com/stones

  • Four new chapters, on Mead, Du Bois, Latour and Alexander
  • Five chapters by new authors on existing key thinkers: Durkheim, Merton, Goffman, Bourdieu, and Giddens
  • A major new introduction
  • An updated, structured and annotated `Further Reading´ section for each thinker
  • Extended accounts of 13 additional thinkers who have influenced, or been influenced by, the key thinkers






Introduction; Rob Stones
PART I
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
 PART II
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
PART III
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
Online-only chapters on Adorno, Blumer, De Beauvoir, Freud and Lockwood can be found on www.macmillanihe.com/stones
A text with the conceptual and pedagogical qualities of Key Sociological Thinkers comes around only once every academic generation, presenting ideas in a way that aids students in developing theoretical literacy and including exercises to help apply theory to real-world cases. (Javier Treviño, Wheaton College, USA)
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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.

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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.

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