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Classical Sociological Theory

Classical Sociological Theory

October 2020 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Introducing the founders of sociological theory – from Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Martineau through to Simmel, DuBois, Mead and others – this accessible textbook locates each thinker within their own social, political and historical context. By doing so, it helps readers to understand the development of central sociological concepts and how they can help us understand the contemporary world.

The book includes:

  • Lively biographical sections so you can get to know each thinker
  • Clear and easy-to-understand accounts of each theorist’s arguments - and the most common criticisms
  • Key concept boxes highlighting the most influential ideas

This comprehensive, enlightening text brings the rich and diverse field of classical sociological theory to life.

Plato and Aristotle
Confucius and Ibn Khaldun
de Tocqueville and Martineau
Pareto, Mosca, Michels
Hintze, Gumplowitz, Ratzenhofer, Ward and Small

I can enthusiastically recommend this thoughtful new survey of classical theorists. Many Western sociologists have argued for broadening the traditional Eurocentric masculine canon: Loyal and Maleševic have actually acted on this. They have addressed those Ancient and Modern writers whose historical context led them to analyse in depth the nature of social reality. Here the great tradition is intriguingly extended - to Confucius, Aristotle and Ibn Khaldun, de Tocqueville, Harriet Martineau and W.E.B. Du Bois - their master ideas being conveyed succinctly, without once lapsing into vulgarisation.

Bridget Fowler
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Glasgow.

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