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Dimensions of Sociological Theory

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02 March 2005

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There are many differences of opinion between sociologists about how best to investigate social issues and about the quality of the answers that different questions produce. This book looks at a range of sociological...

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There are many differences of opinion between sociologists about how best to investigate social issues and about the quality of the answers that different questions produce. This book looks at a range of sociological theories from the last two hundred years, taking a thematic approach that helps students to better integrate the material and to understand the significance of the individual theorists. With illustrations from the work of John Stuart Mill, Emile Durkheim, Talcott Parsons, Karl Marx, Karl Mannheim, Michel Foucault, Anthony Giddens and Erving Goffman, this book provides an accessible and comprehensive guide for introductory students of sociology and social theory.

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Explains complex theories in a way that is clear and easy to follow
Provides a thorough overview for students taking their first course on sociological theory
Offers a distinctive approach to social theory, organizing the book around central themes

Preface
Introduction
Dimension One: Units of Analysis
The Individual vs Social Facts
Interaction and the Return of Reductionism
Dimension Two: Modes of Explanation
Explaining Social Life
Dimension Three: Key Factors
Key Factors of Social Evolution
Dimension Four: Sociological Knowledge
Sociology and Ideology
Dimension Five: Structure and Agency
Social Structure and Its Alternatives
New Ideas on Structure and Agency
Conclusion
References.

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DAVID CHEAL is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. His research interests, in addition to Sociological Theory, include the Sociology of Family. Publications include Family and the State of Theory, and Sociology of Family Life.

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DAVID CHEAL is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. His research interests, in addition to Sociological Theory, include the Sociology of Family. Publications include Family and the State of Theory, and Sociology of Family Life.

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