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Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories

Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories

Sandro Segre, Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories, Ashgate, 2014, 390 p., ISBN : 978-0-7546-7181-7.
Notice publiée le 23 décembre 2014

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This book offers a comprehensive overview of the major theoretical perspectives in contemporary sociology, covering schools of thought or intellectual movements within the discipline, as well as the work of individual scholars. The author provides not only a rigorous exposition of each theory, but also an examination of the scholarly reception of the approach in question, considering both critical responses and defences in order to reach a balanced evaluation. Chapters cover the following theorists and perspectives:

• Alexander
• Bourdieu
• Ethnomethodology
• Exchange Theory
• Foucault
• Giddens
• Goffman
• Habermas
• Luhmann
• Merton
• Network and Social Capital Theory
• Parsons
• Rational Choice Theory
• Schutz and Phenomenalism
• Structuralism
• Symbolic Interactionism

An accessible and informative treatment of the central approaches in sociology over the course of the last century, this volume marks a significant contribution to sociological theory and constitutes an essential addition to library collections in the areas of the history of sociology and contemporary social theory.

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Sandro Segre

Sandro Segre is Professor of Sociology at the University of Genoa, Italy and author of A Weberian Analysis of Business Groups and Financial Markets, Introduction to Habermas and Talcott Parsons: An Introduction.

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