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Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory

  • Seth Abrutyn

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Seth Abrutyn
    Pages 1-15
  3. Classical Questions Contemporalized

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Yingyao Wang, Simone Polillo
      Pages 43-61
    3. Omar Lizardo
      Pages 99-120
  4. Rethinking the Macro-Micro Link

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Jonathan H. Turner
      Pages 123-148
    3. Edward J. Lawler, Shane R. Thye, Jeongkoo Yoon
      Pages 149-166
    4. Nick Crossley
      Pages 167-183
    5. Daniel N. Kluttz, Neil Fligstein
      Pages 185-204
  5. A Coherent Social Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Katja M. Guenther, Matthew C. Mahutga, Panu Suppatkul
      Pages 229-245
    3. Walter W. Powell, Christof Brandtner
      Pages 269-291
    4. Stephen Benard, Trenton D. Mize
      Pages 293-320
    5. Murray Webster Jr., Lisa Slattery Walker
      Pages 321-342

About this book


This Handbook provides the hidden common threads that tie sociological inquiry together and, featuring eminent scholars, it separates itself from its predecessors in substance and organization. Rather than rehashing old debates or longingly gazing at the past, this book presents sociologists with new ways of conceptualizing the organization and presentation of sociological theory. At the heart of this Handbook’s vision is the twin goals of making theory a viable enterprise by reconceptualizing how we teach theory and keeping theory closely tied to its empirical applications. Three strategies are offered: (1) Elucidating how classic issues like integration or interaction are interrogated today; (2) Presenting a coherent vision of the social levels of reality that theorists work on such as communities, groups, and the self as well as how the coherence of these levels speaks to the macro-micro link; and, (3) Theorizing the social world rather than celebrating theorists or theories; that is, one can look at how theory is used holistically to understand the constraints the social world places on our lived experience or the dynamics of social change. Hence, in the second decade of the 21st century, it has become clear that sociology is at a crossroads as the number of theorists and amount of theory available is increasingly unmanageable and unknowable by the vast majority of professionals and students. As such, this Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory presents the novice and the expert with the a roadmap for traversing this crossroad and building a more coherent, robust, and cumulative sociology.


Advances in Ethnomethodology Evolutionary Sociology Faces of Cultural Theory Future Directions of Sociological Theory Human Ecology Identity and the Self Macro-Micro Debate Meaning and Social Action Problems of Integration Social Organization Sociological Theory and Postmodernism Stratification Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Seth Abrutyn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of MemphisMemphisUSA

About the editors

Seth Abrutyn is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis. Trained as a theorist, his interests include mental health, social psychology, emotions, in addition to sociocultural evolution and religion. In short, his work emphasizes synthesizing disparate theories in order to make more robust and comprehensive theoretical principles. His primary research focuses on the elucidating the links between meso-level structural and cultural forces and micro-level dynamics that shape adolescent suicide. His work on suicide can be found in the American Sociological Review, Sociological Theory, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Society and Mental Health. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Editors Seth Abrutyn
  • Series Title Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-32248-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-61601-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-32250-6
  • Series ISSN 1389-6903
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 578
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Political Science
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