The organization of this popular social theory reader, which pairs classical articles with contemporary theoretical and empirical studies, highlights the historical flow of social theory and demonstrates how disagreements and confrontations shape theory over time. Written in clear, down-to-earth language, the introductions to each selection link theorists to one ather, illustrating how theoretical traditions are t rigidly separate but are always in conversation, addressing and challenging each other. Volume I: From Classical to Modern Theory includes an enhanced selection of readings by classical theorists, a newly-translated selection from Machiavelli, and re-organized chapters to better capture historical-contextual periods. As well, new contextual and biographical materials surround each reading and each chapter includes a study guide with key terms and invative discussion questions and classroom exercises. The result is a volume of readings that offers instructors flexibility in how they approach teaching, and students an affordable and accessible introduction to the most important classical social theorists.
Roberta Garner is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at DePaul University. Black Hawk Hancock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at DePaul University.