Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: Society as More than a Collection of Free-floating Individuals

  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-20
    2. Bob Jessop
      Pages 21-33
    3. Lawrence A. Scaff
      Pages 34-45
    4. Whitney Pope
      Pages 46-58
    5. Ian Craib
      Pages 59-70
    6. Patrick Watier
      Pages 71-83
    7. Ken Plummer
      Pages 84-95
    8. Robert Holton
      Pages 96-107
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-110
    2. Alan Sica
      Pages 111-123
    3. Mary Evans
      Pages 124-137
    4. Jason Hughes
      Pages 138-150
    5. Robin Williams
      Pages 151-162
    6. Nicos Mouzelis
      Pages 163-174
    7. John Heritage
      Pages 175-188
    8. Ted Benton
      Pages 189-202
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-204
    2. William Outhwaite
      Pages 205-214

About this book


This broad-ranging text offers an exciting and easily understood introduction to the theorists who have made a key contribution to the discipline of sociology. Its carefully formulated structure places the writers in their social and intellectual context, summarises the central issues dealt with in their work and sketches out the intellectual legacy they have left behind them. Graphically illustrating how these thinkers have shed light on how we think about society, the book aims to convey the spirit of openness intrinsic to the sociological enterprise.


Emile Durkheim Karl Marx Max Weber Michel Foucault Pierre Bourdieu sociology Talcott Parson Talcott Parsons work

Editors and affiliations

  • Rob Stones
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EssexUK

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