Despite the fact that most of us think often about society and
social life, few of us have had extensive schooling in how to
organize or structure such thought. Guided by the belief that the
sociological imagination is impoversihed if accessible only to a
handful of specialists, Key Sociological Thinkers provides the lay
reader with a clear and manageable overview of the major
sociological developments from Marx to the present day.
Twenty-one concise, thorough chapters introduce the key thinkers
in the field; their driving impulses, issues central to their work,
substantive examples of the theory in action, their legacy, as well
as reading lists meant to stimulate further research. The book's
range includes not only canonical figures, such as Marx, Weber, and
Durkheim, but feminist, post-structuralist, and post-colonialist
thinkers of recent decades, including Nancy Chodorow, Michel
Foucault, and Stuart Hall. Other sociologists and social theorists
overed include Sigmund Freud, Georg Simmel, Herbert Blumer, Talcott
Parsons, Robert Merton, Simone de Beauvoir, Norbert Elias, Erving
Goffman, David Lockwood, Harold Garfinkel, Louis Althusser, Jurgen
Habermas, Pierre Bourdieu, Arlie Hochschild, and Anthony
Key Sociological Thinkers is ideal for students new to the
field, veterans looking to brush up, and anyone eager to expand
their understanding of the world in which we live.
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