From its first edition in 1979, Perspectives in Sociology has provided generations of undergraduates with a clear, reassuring introduction to the complications of sociological theory. This revised and updated edition features:

  • a completely rewritten general introduction and conclusion;
  • all-new introductions to each part, clarifying how each one builds on what came before;
  • an updated set of formative questions at the end of each chapter;
  • a comprehensive glossary of key terms.

While retaining its emphasis and wealth of information on the founding figures of sociology, this sixth edition includes new tools that will allow students from related disciplines to access relevant sociological material quickly.

chapter |2 pages


part |73 pages

Founding thinkers

chapter |26 pages

Karl Marx

chapter |23 pages

Max Weber

chapter |22 pages

Émile Durkheim

part |89 pages

Sociology in the English-speaking world

chapter |28 pages

Consensus and conflict

chapter |31 pages

Symbolic interaction

chapter |28 pages


part |54 pages

The European tradition

chapter |21 pages

Western Marxism

chapter |31 pages


part |71 pages

Post-sociological perspectives?