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Classical Social Theory. A Contemporary Approach. Edition No. 1. 21st Century Sociology

  • ID: 2248757
  • Book
  • September 2001
  • 282 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This accessible, original book is an exploration of the relevance of classical social theory in the contemporary world. It 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 that are implicit in each theorist's perspective.
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Part I: The Social and Intellectual Context of Classical Social Theory.

1. 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 Weber.

3. Marx: Modernity and Capitalism.

4. Durkheim: Modernity and Social Solidarity.

5. Weber: Modernity and Rationalization.

Part III: Rethinking and Expanding the Canon.

6. Freud, Simmel, and Mead: Aesthetics, the Unconscious, and the Fluid Self.

7. Du Bois and Perkins Gilman: Race, Gender, and Cultural Identity.


Further Reading.


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Kenneth H. Tucker, Jr. Mount Holyoke College.
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