The Discovery of Society

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9780071267601: The Discovery of Society

This classic text explores 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, it weaves 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 and exciting, this text serves as an excellent supplement for courses in social and sociological theory, the history of social thought, the history of sociology, and introduction to sociology.

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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.

About the Author:

Randall Collins is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He earned his A.B. at Harvard in 1963, his M.A. at Stanford in 1964, and received his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkley in 1969. He is the author of numerous books and articles, such as Conflict Sociology: Toward an Explanatory Science, The Credential Society, Three Sociological Traditions, Weberian Sociological Theory, and Theoretical Sociology. Many of his works are of international interest, and have been translated into Italian, Duthc, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Rumanian, German, and Arabic.

Michael Makowsky is organizational consultant to Musart Company. He earned his B.A from New York University’s Washington Square College in 1962, and received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkley in 1967. Over the last 30 years, he has taught at his alma mater, the University of California at Berkley, as well as the University of California at Davis, Chabot College, College of San Mateo, Goddard College, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Cultural Integration Fellowship. He is the author of numerous articles in contemporary journals, such as Minstrel of Love: A Biography of Satguru Sant Keshavadas, Breath of the Eternal: The Way of Self-Knowledge: The Concept of Atman in Four Upanishads. He is the president of his own company, Deal Glamour Media and Education Productions and is a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Las Vegas.

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