Key Ideas in Sociology, 3rd Edition, is the only undergraduate text to link today's issues to the ideas and individuals of the era of classical sociological thought. This book provides an overview of how sociological theories have helped sociologists understand modern societies and human relations. It also describes the continual evolution of these theories in response to social change.
Utilizing readings from primary sources, this valuable text presents theories as interpretive tools, useful for understanding a multifaceted; ever-shifting social world. Emphasis is given to the working world, to the roles and responsibilities of citizenship, and to social relationships. A concluding chapter addresses globalization and its challenges.
Connects social theorists and their ideas over time, analyzing different historical circumstances and how theorists have added to and refined each other's thinking
Offers a genuinely integrated view of the history of social thought and links classical theory to today's thinking about modern life
Provides a brief overview of key theorists and their theories, making it a useful supplement for theory and introductory sociology courses
Includes the most current scholarship in this area, with new studies of the classics and the newest theories today
Key Ideas in Sociology is an ideal supplement for undergraduate introduction to Sociology, Principles of Sociology, and Sociological Theory courses, particularly when these courses are writing-intensive or are focused on theoretical ideas or history.