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By Kathy S. Stolley

"The fundamentals of Sociology" offers an creation to the middle innovations in sociology. Accessibly written chapters illustrate the heritage and perform of sociological paintings. contemporary components of social technological know-how inquiry, e.g., globalization and the web also are lined. There are profiles of greater than 70 impressive sociologists. furthermore, there's info on education and dealing as a sociologist.

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Mead (profiled in chapter 4) was a philosopher and social psychologist who was interested in how our personalities are formed through social interaction. The term symbolic interactionism was, however, not actually coined until a decade later. Herbert Blumer (1900–1987), a student of Mead profiled in chapter 9, expanded on Mead’s concepts and introduced the term in 1937. More contemporary theorists expanded symbolic interactionism in new directions. For example, labeling theory (discussed in chapter 6) analyzes how we define deviance.

Mead (profiled in chapter 4) was a philosopher and social psychologist who was interested in how our personalities are formed through social interaction. The term symbolic interactionism was, however, not actually coined until a decade later. Herbert Blumer (1900–1987), a student of Mead profiled in chapter 9, expanded on Mead’s concepts and introduced the term in 1937. More contemporary theorists expanded symbolic interactionism in new directions. For example, labeling theory (discussed in chapter 6) analyzes how we define deviance.

It is also the period during which he became known for developing the scientific view of positivism. He thought sociology could draw on the same resources as the natural sciences, namely observation, experimentation, and comparison (Coser 1977, 5). In the third period of Comte’s intellectual life, he did not add to his scientific material. Rather, he became head of a new religious organization, which he foresaw as someday being led by sociologist-priests. He also practiced “cerebral hygiene,” which “consisted in abstention from the reading of current literature, especially of periodicals, and the exclusive study of a few masterpieces of the past” (Marvin 1965, 45).

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