Contemporary Social TheoryInvestigation and Application
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For courses in Contemporary Social Theory.
This text begins with an examination of the major schools of thought of social theory and provides an in-depth analysis of its relevance to society in general. Each of the chapters on the major schools of thought review the basic principles along with a discussion of some of the major theorists, their influences, and their contributions to social theory. Each of these chapters concludes with a section which serves as a review and critical examination of the theory.
1. Examining Social Theory.
2. Edward Wilson, Sociobiology, and Evolutionary Theory.
4. Conflict Theory.
5. Symbolic Interactionism.
6. Social Exchange Theory: George Homans, Peter Blau and Karen Cook.
7. Ethnomethodology and Harold Garfinkel.
8. Phenomenology: Edmund Husserl, Alfred Schutz, and Peter Berger.
9. Feminist Theory.
10. Critical Theory.
11. Modern and Post-Modern Theory.
12. George Ritzer.
13. Jonathan H. Turner.
14. Applying Social Theory to Future Society.
- A comprehensive review of all the major schools of thought, with a section on the application of each.
Provides students with the means to understand the basic tenets of each school as well as their relevancy in today's society.
- Separate chapters on both George Ritzer and Jonathan H. Turner, two of the more brilliant, contemporary social theorists.
Allows students to see the theories that contemporary thinkers are formulating, making this often complicated subject accessible to them.
- A final chapter devoted to applying social theory to future society —Chapter Fourteen, "Applying Social Theory to Future Society."
Enables students to apply many of the established social trends that have existed for the past five centuries and show their relevancy to future society.
Tim Delaney, assistant professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego, holds a B.S. degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Brockport, an M.A. degree in sociology from California State University-Dominguez Hills, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Dr. Delaney is the author of Community, Sport and Leisure, Second Edition (2001), coeditor of Values, Society, and Evolution (2002), coeditor of Social Diseases: Mafia, Terrorism and Totalitarianism (2004), and author of both Classical Social Theory: Investigation and Application (2004) and American Street Gangs to be published in 2005. He has published over fifty book reviews, book chapters, and journal and encyclopedia articles and has served as guest Editor for Philosophy Now.
Dr. Delaney has presented thirty-five papers at regional, national, and international conferences, including papers at the Russian Academy of Sciences during international conferences at both St. Petersburg (1999) and Moscow (2001). He has been invited to give guest lectures at Moscow State University in 2004 and 2005. Delaney is the cofounder of the Anthropology Society (of Western New York) and founder of the Social Theory Society, an academic society that promotes "learning through thinking and experience." Delaney maintains membership in ten professional associations. He served his second term as president of the New York State Sociological Association in 2003-2004. He is a charter member of the Wall of Tolerance sponsored by the national campaign for Tolerance, and co-chaired by Rosa Parks and Morris Dees, in recognition of his community activism and scholarship efforts in the fight against social injustice. Dr. Delaney is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America for his outstanding achievements.