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A Historical Sketch of Sociological Theory: The Later Years
Modern Sociological Theory

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, students should be able to:


trace the broad contours of the development of sociological theory from Herbert Spencer to theories of consumption;


identify the key thinkers in each tradition;


discuss reasons (e.g., social, political, and intellectual) for the rise and decline of each theoretical tradition;


identify the directions that sociological theory might take in the early twenty-first century; and


discuss the ways in which social, economic, and political developments have been reflected in the work of sociological theorists.