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Four Sociological Traditions - Randall Collins

Four Sociological Traditions

Paperback Published: 4th March 1994
ISBN: 9780195082081
Number Of Pages: 336

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Organized along the same lines as Three Sociological Traditions, Four Sociological Traditions is Randall Collins' updated guide to the development of modern sociology. Explaining in a brief, readable format the 4 main schools of sociological thought, this book represents a concise intellectual history of the development of sociology. Widely adopted as either a main or supplemental text, Four Sociological Traditions presents clearly the conflict tradition of Marx and Weber, the ritual solidarity tradition of Durkheim, and the microinteractionist tradition of Mead, Blumer, and Garfinkel, and - new in this edition - the rational choice/utilitarian tradition. One of the most lively and exciting writers in sociology, Randall Collins introduces students to the roots of social theory, indicating areas where progress has been made in our understanding, as well as those areas where controversy still exists. Students will find Four Sociological Traditions a fresh, thorough, and thought-provoking examination.

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"The best introductory text I have seen. The readings make it a solid addition to our curriculum."--John Malarkey, Wilmington College "Very excellent and comprehensive in integrating the Western Social theories."--Mun-Hee Kang, University of Delaware "'Utilitarian Tradition' is a great addition. As a student of Coleman, fan of Stark and Bainbridge, and subscriber to Rationality and Society, I think this perspective in sociology is a growing and important one. It does need to be kept in perspective, and Collins is the ideal person to do that."--Mark G. Ecker, McHenry County College "I really enjoyed reading this book. It is well-written and easy to read."--Kinko Ito, University of Arkansas at Little Rock "Collins does a masterful job of outlining and elaborating basic sociological theory, at a level of abstraction appropriate to graduate study. By his treatment of his subject, he hastens his readers' grasp and application of sociology, and provides the readers with a theoretical framework on which to build their own contributions to the field."--Leslie Shellhase, University of Alabama "An outstanding work on sociological theories; incisive, organized, and interesting."--Brij Mohan, Louisiana State University "Excellent resource for teaching sociology during a time when time is limited and the demand for sociological insights is on the rise."--Paul D. Starr, Auburn University "Looks very good for a first exposure to the field of sociology: intellectually engaging and interesting to read."--Larry H. Frye, St. Petersburg Jr. College "Collins continues his usual excellent work. He is one of the best interpreters of social theory around. I've used his books in numerous undergraduate courses with success."--Anton K. Jacobs, William Jewell College "The author writes in an accessible, chatty style, without condescension toward his readers. Collins unique perspective is reflected most clearly in the individual theorists he chooses to deify, vilify, or ignore altogether. This book will provide and engaging, controversial, and even entertaining overview of sociological theory."--CHristine L. Williams, University of Texas, Austin (on text and readings book): "These books are prefect for helping students to understand the birth and development of sociological theory."--Tony Campolo, Eastern College, PA

Prologue: The Rise of the Social Sciences Social Thought in the Agrarian Empires Medieval Universities Create the Modern Intellectual Economics: the First Social Science The Rise of Public Schools and the University Revolution The Development of the Disciplines 1. The Conflict Tradition The Pivotal Position of Karl Marx Friedrich Engels, the Sociologist in the Shadows Max Weber and the Multidimensional Theory of Stratification The Twentieth Century Intermingles Marxian and Weberian Ideas APPENDIX: Simmel, Coser, and Functionalist Conflict Theory 2. The Rational/Utilitarian Tradition The Original Rise and Fall of Utilitarian Philosophy Bringing the Individual Back In Sociology Discovers Sexual and Marriage Markets Three Applications of Sociological Markets: Educational Inflation, Split Labor Markets, Illegal Goods The Paradoxes and Limits of Rationality Proposed Rational Solutions for Creating Social Solidarity Economics Invades Sociology, and Vice Versa The Rational Theory of the State The New Utilitarian Policy Science 3. The Durkheimian Tradition Sociology as the Science of Social Order Two Wings: The Macro Tradition The Second Wing: The Lineage of Social Anthropology Ritual Exchange Networks: The Micro/Macro Linkage The Future of the Durkheimian Tradition 4. The Microinteractionist Tradition A Native American Sociology The Pragmatism of Charles Sanders Peirce Society Is in The Mind: Cooley George Herbert Mead's Sociology of Thinking Blumer Creates Symbolic Interactionism The Sociology of Consciousness: Husserl, Schutz, and Garfinkel Erving Goffman's Counterattack A Summing Up Notes Epilogue Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780195082081
ISBN-10: 0195082087
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 4th March 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised