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Four Sociological Traditions

Selected Readings

Revised and Expanded Edition of Three Sociological Traditions

Edited by Randall Collins

Publication Date - 03 March 1994

ISBN: 9780195087024

368 pages
5-5/16 x 8 inches

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This concise, engaging anthology contains the most significant and representative selections from the four major schools of sociological thought. The intellectual highlights of each school are presented, and readings range from the classics to the contemporary. Brief introductions and commentary guide the student to the key contributions in each selection. Designed to accompany Four Sociological Traditions, this anthology is entirely self-contained and may also be used separately.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 1985

Table of Contents

    1. The Conflict Tradition
    History as Class Struggle, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    Materialism and the Theory of Ideology, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    The Class Basis of Politics and Revolution, Karl Marx
    The Origin of Modern Capitalism, Max Weber
    Power Divisions as the Basis of Class Conflict, Ralf Dahrendorf
    A Theory of Inequality, Gerhard E. Lenski
    A Conflict Theory of Stratification, Randall Collins
    2. The Rational/Utilitarian Tradition
    Social Exchange among Equals and Unequals, George C. Homans
    Bounded Rationality and Satisficing, James G. March and Herbert A. Simon
    Tacit Coordination, Thomas C. Schelling
    Public Goods and the Free Rider Problem, Mancur Olson
    The Realization of Effective Norms, James S. Coleman
    3. The Durkheimian Tradition
    Pre-contractual Solidarity, Emile Durkheim
    Social Rituals and Sacred Objects, Emile Durkheim
    The Social Circulation of Sentiments, Magic, and Money, Henri Hubert and Marcel Mauss
    Kinship as Sexual Property Exchange, Claude Levi-Strauss
    The Nature of Deference and Demeanor, Erving Coffman
    Social Control in Science, Warren O. Hagstrom
    Grid and Group, Mary Douglas
    4. The Microinteractionist Tradition
    Society Is in the Mind, Charles Horton Cooley
    Thought as Internalized Conversation, George Herbert Mead
    Symbolic Interactionism, Herbert Blumer
    The Ethnomethodology of the Human Reality Constructor, Hugh Mehan and Houston Wood
    Frame Analysis, Erving Goffman