Key Ideas in Sociology is the only compact and portable book for undergraduate readers that links issues regarding post-modern society to the ideas and individuals that gave rise to sociological thinking in the late 19th century. This is the ideal text for idea and history oriented introductory sociology courses. Features//Benefits: * Ideal for supplemental use in writing-intensive introductory sociology courses and undergraduate Social Theory courses. * Students too often learn about social theorists as unconnected with one another. KEY IDEAS shows how ideas developed by one theorist evolve and are further shaped by subsequent theorists, reflecting on different historical circumstances. * Offers a genuinely integrated view of the history of social thought, linking classical sociological ideas to today's thinking about contemporary life. * Shows how theorizing is not a dry, abstract exercise, but a practical human necessity in the ongoing quest to understand and cope with our complex and ever-changing social conditions. New to This Edition: * Timeline in the front of the book will help orient to the historical period when the ideas were generated.*
In the second edition theoretical ideas from women and people of color will be given greater coverage. * Chapter summaries and review questions have been added to chapters in the second edition. * New chapter on globalization will broaden the book's focus.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1 - Key Ideas About the Social World Conceptualizing Contemporary Society Careers of Ideas Key Ideas and the Field of Sociology Tools for Understanding Social Trends Chapter 2 - Industrial Society: From the Satanic Mills to the Computer Age The Industrial Revolution Karl Marx: The Permanent Exile Marxism After Marx Counterimages of Capitalist Industrial Society: Shifts in the Class Structure Daniel Bell on the Advent of Postindustrial Society Summary Chapter 3 - Democracy: From the Fall of the Bastille to the Fall of the Berlin Wall Max Weber: Prophet, Pessimist, and Realist Talcott Parsons on the Democratic Prospect Capitalism Versus Democracy? Lipset and Beyond Critical Theory of Jurgen Habermas Summary Chapter 4 - Individualism: The Tension Between Me and Us Alexis de Tocqueville on Individualism Ferdinand Toennies on Community Aemile Durkheim and the Quest for Community Durkheim in America Summary Chapter 5 - Modernity: From the Promise of Modern Society to Postmodern Suspicions Modernity and Postmodernity: Provisional Definitions The Ambiguous Legacy of Georg Simmel Robert E. Park and the Chicago School Postmodernism and Sociological Theory Anthony Giddens and the Late Modern Age Summary Chapter 6 - Globalization: Key Ideas in a Global Framework The Need to Think Globally The Lasting Impact of the Sociological Tradition References Index
Peter Kivisto, PhD (New School for Social Research), is the Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and chair of sociology at Augustana College. Among his recent books are Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects (2007, with Thomas Faist), Intersecting Inequalities (2007, with Elizabeth Hartung), Incorporating Diversity: Rethinking Assimilation in a Multicultural Age (2005), Key Ideas in Sociology (2nd ed., 2004), Multiculturalism in a Global Society (2002), and Social Theory: Roots and Branches (2nd ed., 2002). His primary scholarly and teaching interests revolve around social theory and ethnic and immigration studies. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Sociological Association's Theory and International Migration Sections and is currently serving as Editor of The Sociological Quarterly.