- Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 186mm x 228mm x 28mm | 862g
- Publication date: 21 July 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0761970568
- ISBN 13: 9780761970569
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Sales rank: 119,616
'This is an excellent introduction to classical social theory. For most students it is the only book on the subject that they will need. The expositions are clear and comprehensive, outlining with almost alarming clarity ideas which many of us have to struggle' - Alan Bryman, The Management Centre, University of Leicester This is a thoroughly revised, expanded version of the best selling student text in classical social theory. The book provides an authoritative, accessible undergraduate guide to the three pivotal figures in the classical tradition. Readable and stimulating, the book explains the key ideas of these thinkers and situates them in their historical and philosophical contexts. The student gains an immediate understanding of what is distinctive and relevant about these giants of sociology. The book includes a glossary with over 150 entries. For a decade, the book has been required reading on undergraduate degree programmes. This new edition, refines the material, extends the analysis and enhances our appreciation. It is a nugget in its field.
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Ken Morrison is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
By J W 28 Oct 2010
I'm a third year Sociology/Political Science student and this book by Morrison is a great way to get to know the cl***ics of Sociology. It is written in a style that suits everyone from beginners to more advanced sociology students (if they need some cl***ical sociological theory revision).
I've found reading this enjoyable (as not all cl***ical theory can be) and not ridiculously mind boggling.
I'd recommend this to anyone to use as a key course text or as an extra course material.
There is only one downside. When the title states "Formations of Modern Social Thought" it does imply that Durkheim, Marx and Weber are the entire constituents of the Sociological Canon and this is proabably considered true by many sociologists today. When, arguably, W.E.B Du Bois and Marriane Weber (Max Webers wife) are considered by some to be equally as important to the Sociological Canon but yet are continuously failed to be mentioned at all in contemporary text books on the sociological canon.
Table of contents
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION The Origins and Foundations of Modern Social Theory: 1750-1920 Modern Social Theory Defined The Central Subject Matter of Social Theory PART TWO: KARL MARX The Historical Context of Karl Marx's Work The Shift to Materialism The German Ideology Marx's Economic Works: 1850-1867 Capital Volume One, Part A Economic and Social Elements of Capitalism Capital Volume One, Part B The Theory of Value Capital Volume One, Part C Theory of Surplus Value Capital Volume One, Part D The Genesis of Capitalism Theory of Alienation Marx's Theory of Alienation and the 1844 Manuscripts Marx's Political Writings Marx's Dialectical View of History The Theory of Development PART THREE: EMILE DURKHEIM The Historical Context of Emile Durkheim's Work The Division of Labor in Society The Rules of Sociological Method Durkheim's Study of Suicide The Elementary Form of the Religious Life PART FOUR: MAX WEBER The Historical Context of Max Weber's Work Weber's Theoretical Perspective and Fundamental Themes in His Work The Theme of Capitalism in Weber's Work Weber's Theory of Class, Status and Party Weber's Concept of the Status Group The Separation of Status from Class The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Weber's Methodology and the Theory of Knowledge in the Social Sciences The Theory of Legitimate Domination Weber's Political Writings Weber's Study of Bureaucracy