Preface -- Introduction -- Classical social theory -- Hegel on dialectics, the state, and society -- Marx and Engels on social class and class struggle -- Durkheim on society and social order -- Weber on bureaucracy, power, and social status -- Pareto, Mosca, and Michels on elites and masses -- Simmel on social relations and group affiliations -- Cooley and mead on human nature and society -- Freud on the development of society and civilization -- Adams and early women social theorists -- Veblen on the leisure class and conspicuous consumption -- Mannheim on ideology and utopia -- Gramsci and Lenin on ideology, the state, and revolution -- Kollontai on class, gender, and patriarchy -- Du Bois and Frazier on race, class, and social emancipation -- Contemporary social theory -- Parsons, Merton, and functionalist theory -- Mills on the power elite -- Domhoff on the power structure and the governing class -- Althusser, Poulantzas, and Miliband on politics and the state -- Trimberger, Block, and Skocpol and neo-weberian theorizing -- Homans on social exchange -- The Frankfurt school of critical theory -- Goffman and Garfinkel on dramaturgy, ethnomethodology, and everyday life -- Wilson and Willie on race, class, and poverty -- Feminist theory : yesterday and today -- Wallerstein and world-systems theory -- Theories of globalization -- Therborn and Szymanski on contemporary marxist theory -- Foucault on the diffusion of power -- Harvey and Callinicos on postmodernism and its critique -- Social movements and transformation -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the author
For nearly a quarter-century, Charles Lemert has shared his love of social theory, and the questions it explores, in this collection of readings. With 140 selections that begin in the nineteenth century and end in 2015, Social Theory charts the long arc of the development of the field. This edition retains classic texts by Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and W.E.B. Du Bois and writings of major contemporary figures like Audre Lorde and Patricia Hill Collins, while adding pieces from Harriet Martineau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kimberly Williams Crenshaw, Thomas Piketty, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, among others. Revised and updated with a new section exploring social theory at the limits of the social, Lemert's Social Theory remains essential reading.
"Social theory is the theoretical core of the social sciences, clearly distinguishable from political theory and cultural analysis. This book offers a unique overview of the development of social theory from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the present day. Spanning the literature in English, French and German, it provides an excellent background to the most important social theorists and theories in contemporary sociological thought, with crisp summaries of the main books, arguments and controversies. It also deals with newly emerging schools from rational choice to symbolic interactionism, with new ambitious approaches (Habermas, Luhmann, Giddens, Bourdieu), structuralism and antistructuralism, critical revisions of modernization theory, feminism and neopragmatism. Written by two of the world's leading sociologists and based on their extensive academic teaching, this unrivalled work is ideal both for students in the social sciences and humanities and for anyone interested in contemporary theoretical debates."--BOOK JACKET