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Classical Sociological Theory

First Edition
  • Bert N. Adams - University of Wisconsin - Madison, Chile, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • R A Sydie - University of Alberta - Edmonton, Canada

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Social Theory

March 2002 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The popular Pine Forge Press textbook, Sociological Theory, has been broken into two volumes, to meet the needs of lecturers and students. This first volume, Classical Sociological Theory, covers the development of social thought up to the 1930s. The treatment of individual theories and theorists is balanced with the development of key themes and ideas about social life, including race, class and gender.
 
Preface
 
A Note to Students
 
SECTION I. THE EUROPEAN ROOTS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
 
1. The Origins of Sociological Theory
The Contours of Sociological Theory

 
The Philosophical Precursors of Sociology

 
Final Thoughts on the Philosophical Precursors

 
References

 
 
2. Theorizing After the Revolution
Claude-Henri, Comte de Saint-Simon (1760-1825)

 
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)

 
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
SECTION II. CONSERVATIVE THEORIES
 
3. Evolutionism and Functionalism
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

 
William Graham Sumner (1840-1910)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
4. Society as Sui Generis
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
SECTION III. RADICAL THEORY
 
5. Radical Anticapitalism
Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820-1895)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
6. Marxism Extended
V.I. Lenin (1870-1924)

 
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
SECTION IV. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF COMPLEXITY AND FORM
 
7. Social Action and Social Complexity
Max Weber (1864-1920) and Marianne Weber (1870-1954)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
8. The Sociology of Form and Content
Georg Simmel (1858-1918)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
SECTION V. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
 
9. Political Sociological Theories
Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923)

 
Robert Michels (1876-1936)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
10. Economic Sociological Theories
Thorstein Veblen, (1857-1929)

 
Joseph Schumpeter, (1883-1950)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
SECTION VI. OTHER VOICES IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIZING
 
11. Society and Gender
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

 
Beatrice Potter Webb (1858-1943)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
12. Sociological Theory and Race
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
13. Society, Self, and Mind
Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

 
George Herbert Mead (1863-1931)

 
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

 
Final Thoughts

 
References

 
 
14. Final Thoughts on Classical Sociological Theory
Nineteenth-Century Sociological Theory

 
Early Twentieth-Century Sociological Theory

 
Other Theoretical Issues

 
Sociological Theory by the 1930s

 
References

 
 
Credits
 
Index

"This is an eminently lucid, readable, and comprehensive survey of classical sociological theory. Adams and Sydie provide thoughtful summaries and assessments of the works of dozens of social thinkers….By significantly broadening the cannon and devoting special attention to call, gender, and race, they bring theory up to date even as they take seriously the rich legacy of the past. I have never read a more exciting introduction to the theories of our discipline." 

Mustafa Emirbayer
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Provides a unique approach to classical social theory missing from majority of texts on the market.

Dr James Dzisah
Sociology , Nipissing Univ
July 12, 2011

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