Sociological Theory

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Sociological Theory

Contemporary Debates

3rd edition

9781802206913 Edward Elgar Publishing
John Scott, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Plymouth University and Visiting Professor, University of Essex, University of Exeter, UK
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 691 3 Extent: c 304 pp
This thoroughly revised and updated third edition provides an expanded analysis of the nature and future of sociological theory. It offers new sections on feminist, post-colonial, and critical race theories, as well as a discussion of theories of system, structure and complexity.

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This thoroughly revised and updated third edition provides an expanded analysis of the nature and future of sociological theory. It offers new sections on feminist, post-colonial, and critical race theories, as well as a discussion of theories of system, structure and complexity.

John Scott paints an overview of early developments in sociological thinking, before exploring the principal theorists and theoretical approaches of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A review of general theory sets the scene for the strong narrative on contention and convergence that is developed throughout the book. Scott argues that the works of the theorists considered provide the basis for a vibrant future for understanding sociology as a cooperative intellectual venture. Analysing emerging debates on modernity and post-modernity, this book looks towards the development and future of theorising in sociology.

Lively and accessible in its approach, Sociological Theory will be an essential guide for scholars and students of sociology and sociological theory seeking clear discussions and critical reflections on theoretical ideas.
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‘John Scott has provided an exceptionally clear and positive account of sociological theory from Parsons to the present. It is an excellent introduction to a sometimes mystifying body of thought and embodies a commitment to developing theory through co-operation and mutual respect.’
– Stephen Turner, University of South Florida, US

‘In this highly erudite text, John Scott reveals with great clarity sociological theory’s cohesion through critical reflections on key thinkers and intellectual trends. He provides insightful discussions on conceptual beginnings but also on extensions, revisions, and innovations that advance sociology’s common enterprise of understanding and explaining the social world.’
– A. Javier Treviño, Wheaton College, US
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