This volume is an introduction to the increasingly complex and dense subject of sociological theory. By presenting the ideas of major original and representative thinkers in the field, it elucidates the key characteristics of each theoretical approach. In addition to the core arguments made by classical sociologists, the book describes the further evolution of their ideas and their impact, and presents new theoretical developments in the field.
Orients the reader to “sociological theory,” an abstract complex of themes
Clearly presents selected classical and newer approaches to sociological theory