The Discovery of Society

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In this now classic text, Collins and Makowsky explore the lives and ideas of the social thinkers who have shaped and continue to forge traditions in sociology. Focusing on the great names in the field, they weave biographical and conceptual details into a tapestry of the history of social thought of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written in a narrative style that is accessible, engaging, and exciting, this book is an excellent supplement for courses in social/sociological theory, the history of social thought, the history of sociology, and introduction to sociology.

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The Discovery of Society

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Expanded coverage of the emergence of African-American sociology, with a new, separate chapter focusing on W.E.B. Du Bois and his successors.
Expanded coverage of C. Wright Mills, the American sociologist who came to grips most forcefully with the macro-structure of organized power in the United States.
Author Randall Collins is an eminent sociologist with an international reputation as a sociological theorist.
Written in an engaging, narrative style, this book provides a solid foundation in social/sociological theory, presenting theory as a dynamic, relevant, exciting, and on-going enterprise.
Explores the lives and ideas of the major thinkers who have forged the classical tradition in sociology.
Biographical and historical details provide context, promoting an appreciation of these thinkers as unique personalities who were influenced by their social, political, and economic environments.
While focusing on the development of the great classical tradition, it does an excellent job discussing contemporary developments and their ties to classical concerns.
New chapter on The Emergence of African- American Sociology.
Expanded coverage of C. Wright Mills, the famous American sociologist. Excerpt form book to show student-friendly tone:"'controversial, motorcycle-riding sociologist from Columbia University'big, burly Texan, so full of energy that he even wrote standing up; he went through 3 marriages and wrote 6 major books before dying of a heart attack at the age of 46,"
Engaging book that explores the lives and ideas of major thinkers.
Chapter on the Impact of Women in Sociology in the late 2oth century
Spans classic and contemporary theory and ties the contemporary development to classical concerns.

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