This comprehensive examination of classical sociological theory introduces readers to the life, times, and ideas of the figures who have had the greatest influence on the development of the field. Readers will enjoy the background information on each theorist covered in the book, including such interesting highlights as Comte's days in military school, the death of Durkheim's son in World War I, Spencer's inability to commit to marriage, and Hegel's illegitimate son. Taking a critical and reflexive approach, Sociologcal Theory also discusses how classical theory affects sociology today.
New edition of a text presenting the context (historical, ideological, national, etc.) of classical sociological theory and discussion of the types of theoretical orientations found in sociological analysis today, followed by individual chapters giving background, ideas, and significance for 11 major thinkers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)