Understanding Sociological Theory
Understanding Sociological Theory
Research one of the following sociological theorists:
Alex de Tocqueville,
Charlotte Perkins Gilman,
George Herbert Mead,
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois,
Joseph A. Schumpeter,
Theodor W. Adorno.
Provide an outline of this person, comment on their background, their influences, and their major contribution to sociological theory.
This assignment requires you to select one of the major social theorists and understand their contribution to the discipline of Sociology. By identifying the work of a
major sociologist, and relating their thoughts and theories to their life situation at that point (where they lived, what era and what were the major social issues at
that time), you will be better informed to assess where you see yourself in society, how this shapes your thoughts and beliefs, and how you approach your professional
practice based on your experience to date. You will gain an understanding the life experiences, and the time and environment that your chosen theorist lived through,
will have shaped the development of their theory(s); we need to understand this as we view society through the particular ‘lens’ they created, does their theory remain
true? How can it contribute to our understanding of society today?
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists (Ritzer & Stepnisky, 2011), provides information on each of the listed theorists.
Stepnisky, J., & Ritzer, G. (2011). Classical Social Theorists. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
Note, you should not constrain your research to just this one text.
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