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The Emergence of Sociological Theory

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Sociology should be interesting. After all, it's about people! The Emergence of Sociological Theory is just that: interesting. Inside, you'll discover the major theories of why groups of people act the way they do, and how you can use those theories in your daily life. It's easy to understand and packed with study tools, making The Emergence of Sociological Theory the best

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Hardcover, 528 pages
Published October 5th 2001 by Wadsworth Publishing (first published January 1st 1989)
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Taha
Jan 27, 2016 Taha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-sciences
I read a substantial portion of this book during my classical social theory course and couldn't but read the rest after it. It's quite simple to understand and readable; it provides you with virtually everything necessary for understanding the sociology (or quasi-sociology if need be) of Auguste Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Simmel, and Mead, with a short overview on contemporary theory as addition. Other than some of the omissions regarding Simmel's conceptualizations, I'd say that thi ...more
Ryan Lincoln
Jun 19, 2007 Ryan Lincoln rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of Sociology
Shelves: sociology
Recommended reading by Notre Dame Prof. Christian Smith.

I'm reading this to get a head-start on my PhD program in Sociology. It seems to be a good introduction for someone who has not studied the history of sociology or much sociological theory.

It surveys the thought of 5 or so prominent and early sociologists and begins the coverage with a biographical sketch of the theorist, which provides very useful context.
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