Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory, Fourth Edition!

Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text and Readings offers students with the best of both worlds—carefully-edited excerpts from the original works of sociology's key thinkers accompanied by an analytical framework that discusses the lives, ideas, and historical circumstances of each theorist. This unique format enables students to examine, compare, and contrast each theorist’s major themes and concepts. In the Fourth Edition of this bestseller, examples from contemporary life and a rich variety of updated pedagogical tools (tables, figures, discussion questions, and photographs) come together to illuminate complex ideas for today’s readers.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge Scott Appelrouth and Laura Desfor Edles for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Emily Hallgren of University of Illinois at Chicago and Emily Krull of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for developing the resources on this site.