Contemporary Sociological Theory

An Integrated Multi-Level Approach

Authors: Johnson, Doyle Paul

  • Textbook features chapter summaries and end-of-chapter review questions
  • Focuses on the multiple levels of social interaction - micro, meso and macro
  • Approaches theory by describing social process and the theories that relate to these processes
  • Reveals the complicated ways that different dimensions of social life are interrelated and mutually influence each other
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"My graduate students thought it was very-well written, clear and organized. Several left class saying they have a much better understanding of theory as a result of the text. So, continued kudos  and thanks for the great book for my MA level theory course." Mike McMullen, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Contemporary Sociological Theory: An Integrated, Multi-level Approach
by D. Paul Johnson, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

This book covers the major theoretical orientations that have been influential in American sociology since the mid-twentieth century. These include symbolic interaction, phenomenological sociology and ethnomethodology, social exchange and rational choice theories, sociology of emotions, functionalism and neofunctionalism, conflict and critical theory, selected feminist theories, structuration theory, systems theory, sociobiology, selected sociology of culture perspectives, and major themes from postmodern orientations.

The distinctions between micro, meso, and macro levels serve as the organizing framework, with the micro/macro distinction related to the contrast between agency and structure. The various theories and theorists are compared, contrasted, and integrated as appropriate in portraying the complex and multidimensional features of the social world. Everyday life examples enable students to apply these abstract ideas to personal experiences and current social issues.

Distinctive features include:

  • Summaries of major ideas of the classical stage theorists which serve as a foundation for contemporary theories, including previously neglected contributions of women theorists;
  • A chapter on formal theory construction, with discussion of its relevance to both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and to the status of sociology as a multiple-paradigm discipline;
  • Coverage of communities, complex organizations, markets, and socioeconomic classes as distinctive meso-level social formations;
  • Integration of rational choice theory and sociology of emotions, with application to communities and complex organizations;
  • Focus on contrasting perspectives within each major theoretical orientation, plus conceptual and analytical linkages among these different orientations;
  • Cultural systems and sociobiological characteristics covered in separate chapters distinct from the micro/meso/macro levels of the social world;
  • Explicit attention given to individual identities, personal relationships, social networks, groups, residential and other kinds of communities, internal and external organizational relations, impersonal market transactions, socioeconomic class distinctions, institutional structures, and international relations.

About the authors

D. Paul Johnson is a Professor and the former Chair of the Department of Sociology at Texas Tech University. 

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction: From Implicit to Explicit Theories

    Pages 3-21

  • Classical Stage European Sources of Sociological Theory

    Pages 23-51

  • Development of American Sociology: A Brief Historical Overview

    Pages 53-79

  • Formal Theory Construction: Developing Sociological Theory as Part of a Scientific Enterprise

    Pages 81-105

  • Symbolic Interaction: Constructing the Social World–and its Participants' Identities

    Pages 109-135

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Book Subtitle
An Integrated Multi-Level Approach
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-76522-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-76522-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-76521-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2625-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 630
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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