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Classical Social Theory: A Contemporary Approach

Classical Social Theory: A Contemporary Approach

Paperback Twenty-First Century Sociology

By (author) Kenneth H. Tucker

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  • Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 22mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0631211659
  • ISBN 13: 9780631211655
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,295,741

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In this original text Kenneth Tucker explores the contemporary relevance of classical sociological theory. He examines the work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim through the lens of new theoretical issues, such as the role of Empire, the problem of cultural differences and the possibilities of democracy implicit in each theorist's perspective. While Tucker effectively summarizes each theorist's major ideas, he is most concerned with contemporary issues: what should be retained and what should be jettisoned from each theorist in order to discern today's world in light of a growing awareness of cultural identities and social differences. This leads to a discussion of how the sociological tradition can be understood in new ways, and includes the contributions of other theorists such as Freud, Simmel, Nietzsche, Perkins Gilman and Du Bois. In authoritative and accessible prose, Tucker outlines new directions of classical theory in a late modern or postmodern world.

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Kenneth H. Tucker, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of French Revolutionary Syndicalism and the Public Sphere (1996) and Anthony Giddens and Modern Social Theory (1998).

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"A remarkably careful, critical reading of classical social theory, with an extraordinary sensitivity to the balance between past social contexts and present social concerns." Robert Alun Jones, University of Illinois "Readers, particularly students new to sociology and looking for the contemporary relevance of classical social theorists, will learn much from this work". Choice "Tucker's book would be a welcome addition to undergraduate courses in sociological theory mainly for its excellent discussion of the threats to democracy posed by globalization and the contribution it makes in opening up a discussion of the history of colonialism and the problem of cultural and political identities." Ken Morrison, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, January-February 2003

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In this original text Kenneth Tucker explores the contemporary relevance of classical sociological theory. He examines the work of Marx, Weber and Durkheim through the lens of new theoretical issues, such as the role of Empire, the problem of cultural differences and the possibilities of democracy implicit in each theorist's perspective. While Tucker effectively summarizes each theorist's major ideas, he is most concerned with contemporary issues: what should be retained and what should be jettisoned from each theorist in order to discern today's world in light of a growing awareness of cultural identities and social differences. This leads to a discussion of how the sociological tradition can be understood in new ways, and includes the contributions of other theorists such as Freud, Simmel, Nietzsche, Perkins Gilman and Du Bois. In authoritative and accessible prose, Tucker outlines new directions of classical theory in a late modern or postmodern world.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments.Introduction.Part I: The Social and Intellectual Context of Classical Social Theory1. The World of Classical Social Theory.2. From the Enlightenment to Nietzsche: Science, Republicanism, and Identity.Part II: Social Science and the Canon: Marx, Durkheim, and Weber3. Marx: Modernity and Capitalism.4. Durkheim: Modernity and Social Solidarity.5. Weber: Modernity and Rationalization.Part III: Rethinking and Expanding the Canon6. Freud, Simmel, and Mead: Aesthetics, the Unconscious, and the Fluid Self.7. Du Bois and Perkins Gilman: Race, Gender, and Cultural Identity.Conclusion. Further ReadingIndex.