This book is a classical theory text aimed at teaching theorizing as a skill. After analyzing the process of theorizing into a set of simple steps, it shows how the theories of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Mead were constructed following these steps. It links their theories with contemporary ones in the same research tradition and shows how these traditions exemplify fundamental paradigms that can guide the student's own theorizing.
Mark A. Schneider is associate professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Chapter 1 Theories and Theorizing Chapter 2 Karl Marx and Capitalism Chapter 3 Historical Materialism and Its Legacy Chapter 4 Max Weber and Capitalism Chapter 5 Max Weber and Analytic Typologies Chapter 6 Emile Durkheim on the Division of Labor and Suicide Chapter 7 Emile Durkheim and Functionalism Chapter 8 G. H. Mead and Symbolic Interaction