- Includes 12 original essays by leading scholars on major classical social theorists
- Covers the key figures who shaped social theory, such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim, as well as additional classical theorists such as Harriet Martineau and W. E. B. Du Bois
- Essays include biographical sketches, the social and intellectual context, and the impact of the thinker's work on social theory generally
- Includes bibliographies of the theorist's most important works as well as key secondary works
- Can be used in conjunction with The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists, edited by George Ritzer, for a complete reference source in social theory
List of Contributors.
Introduction: Narratives, Geistesgeschichtes, and the History of Social Theory (Doug J. Goodman).
1. Auguste Comte (Mary Pickering).
2. Harriet Martineau (Susan Hoecker-Drysdale).
3. Herbert Spencer (Jonathan H. Turner).
4. Karl Marx (Robert J. Antonio).
5. Max Weber (Stephen Kalberg).
6. Émile Durkheim (Robert Alun Jones).
7. Georg Simmel (Lawrence Scaff).
8. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Charles Lemert).
9. George Herbert Mead (Dimitri N. Shalin).
10. W.E.B. DuBois (Charles Lemert).
11. Alfred Schutz (Mary Rogers).
12. Talcott Parsons (Victor Lidz).