Welcome to the Companion Website

This site is intended to enhance your use of Sociological Theory in the Classical Era, Third Edition by Laura Desfor Edles and Scott Appelrouth. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

Trained at UCLA and at NYU respectively, Laura Desfor Edles and Scott Appelrouth were frustrated by their inability to find a sociological theory text that could inspire enthusiasm in undergraduate students while providing them with analytical tools for understanding theory and exposing them to original writings from pivotal theorists. They developed this widely used text/reader to fill that need.

Sociological Theory in the Classical Era introduces students to original major writings from sociology's key classical theorists. It also provides a thorough framework for understanding these challenging readings. For each theorist, the authors give a biographical sketch, discuss intellectual influences and core ideas, and offer contemporary examples and applications of those ideas. Introductions to every reading provide additional background on their structure and significance. This book also makes frequent use of photos, diagrams, tables, and charts to help illustrate important concepts. 


We gratefully acknowledge Laura Desfor Edles and Scott Appelrouth for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Esther Castillo of University of California, Irvine for creating the ancillaries on this site.