Knowledge and Social Structure

Knowledge and Social Structure : An Introduction to the Classical Argument in the Sociology of Knowledge

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The primary concern of this study is to present, elucidate and analyse the developments which have characterized the sociology of knowledge, and which have set for it the outlines of its major problematics. Peter Hamilton examines the most distinctive approaches to the determinate relationship between knowledge and social structure. He considers the three main 'pre-paradigms' of the sociology of knowledge based on the work of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, and looks at the contribution of Scheler, Mannheim and phenomenological studies to this complex field. He explores the intellectual context, particularly that of Enlightenment philosophy, in which the problems involved in producing a sociology of knowledge first came to light. In conclusion, the author suggests an inclusive perspective for approaching the difficulties posed in any attempt to describe and explain relations between knowledge and social structure.
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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 9.65mm | 331g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1138974064
  • 9781138974067

Table of contents

1. Philosophy and the Roots of Social Science: the Enlightenment 2. Marxism 1: Hegel and Marx 3. Marxism 2: Lukacs 4. Marxism 3 4.1. The Frankfurt School: Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse and Habermas 4.2. Lucien Goldmann: Sociology of Knowledge and Sociology of Literature 5. Max Scheler 6. Max Weber 7. Durkheim 8. Karl Mannheim and the Production of a 'Relationist' Sociology of Knowledge 9. Phenomenological-sociological Approaches to the Sociology of Knowledge 10. Conclusions
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