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Ch 2: UExcel Sociology: Key Sociology Theorists

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Watch video lessons, and learn about the different theories of famous sociology contributors. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Key Sociology Theorists - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Sociology theories explore the correlation between various facts and propositions about our society. Well-known sociology theorists such as Herbert Spencer, W.E.B. DuBois, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Talcott Parsons conducted sociological research and greatly influenced the field. Watching the video lessons in this Key Sociology Theorists chapter should increase your knowledge of:

  • Marx's theories on class conflict
  • The different kinds of society as described by Gerhard Lenski
  • The key theories of Max Weber
  • Robert K. Merton's theories on manifest functions

Video Objective
Karl Marx: Theory of Class Consciousness and False Consciousness Learn about Marx's theories on social inequalities.
Karl Marx on Religion: How Religion Affects Social Inequality Explore Marx's belief that religion promoted social inequalities.
Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism and Capitalism Explain the differences between proletarians, capitalists and bourgeoisie.
Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management Study Max Weber's ideal bureaucracy.
Emile Durkheim: Society, Integration Level and Suicide Study Read about Durkheim's study on suicide, and explore the relationship between integration level and society.
Emile Durkheim's Theories: Functionalism, Anomie and Division of Labor Study the correlation between anomie and modernity.
W.E.B. DuBois: Theories, Accomplishments and Double Consciousness Learn about the sociological theories and accomplishments of W.E.B. DuBois.
Harriet Martineau: Theories and Contributions to Society Discuss Martineau's belief that all of society, including women, should be researched and studied.
C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite Explore Mills' key sociological theories.
Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism Learn about latent functions and dysfunctions.
Gerhard Lenski's Theories of Sociocultural Evolution, Social Stratification and Technology Discover Lenski's beliefs about technology's role in our society.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: UExcel Sociology: Key Sociology Theorists
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Karl Marx: Theory of Class Consciousness and False Consciousness

1. Karl Marx: Theory of Class Consciousness and False Consciousness

In this lesson, you will learn what Karl Marx meant by a society having a class consciousness and a false consciousness. This lesson will also discuss how, according to Marx, these two elements can either help or hinder working-class members of a society.

Karl Marx on Religion: How Religion Affects Social Inequality

2. Karl Marx on Religion: How Religion Affects Social Inequality

This lesson will discuss Karl Marx's view of how religion is an 'opiate for the people' and perpetuates social inequality. It will discuss how Karl Marx believed that religion was a way for the poor to accept their poverty and for the wealthy to control the poor.

Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

3. Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will discuss the difference between socialism and capitalism, how Karl Marx believed that social class dictated one's social life and who were the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management

4. Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management

At a time when organizations were run like families, Max Weber looked for ways to bring a more formalized structure to organizations. Weber created the idea of bureaucratic management where organizations are more authoritative, rigid and structured. This lesson will describe the development of bureaucracy and common characteristics of bureaucratic organizations.

Emile Durkheim: Society, Integration Level & Suicide Study

5. Emile Durkheim: Society, Integration Level & Suicide Study

In this lesson, we will focus on the research conducted by Emile Durkheim regarding the rate of suicide and social factors that may contribute to suicide.

Emile Durkheim's Theories: Functionalism, Anomie and Division of Labor

6. Emile Durkheim's Theories: Functionalism, Anomie and Division of Labor

How does a society function? This lesson will help answer this question through an exploration of Emile Durkheim's theories of functionalism, anomie, and division of labor.

W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

7. W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

W.E.B. Du Bois was an important figure in American civil rights history, and his idea of the double consciousness delved into what it felt like to live as a black person in a white people's world. Learn more about his life and works in this lesson.

Harriet Martineau: Theories and Contributions to Sociology

8. Harriet Martineau: Theories and Contributions to Sociology

In this lesson, we will look at the contributions to sociology made by Harriet Martineau. She is considered the first woman sociologist and studied many social problems of her time.

C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite

9. C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite

This lesson discusses the sociologist C. Wright Mills and his view on the power elite and the sociological imagination. In this lesson, you will also discover what the term sociological imagination means and how it relates to social issues.

Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism

10. Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism

This lesson will discuss Robert Merton's functionalist view of society. Merton distinguished between the types of functions within each social structure - manifest functions and latent functions. This lesson also discusses how not all functions serve a society positively.

Gerhard Lenski's Theories of Sociocultural Evolution, Social Stratification & Technology

11. Gerhard Lenski's Theories of Sociocultural Evolution, Social Stratification & Technology

In this lesson, you will learn how Gerhard Lenski studied the amount of technology a society had and how such technology could allow a society to evolve and change. This lesson will also describe the various types of societies and their level of technology.

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