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Marx, Durkheim, Weber
Formations of Modern Social Thought

Second Edition


July 2006 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is an excellent introduction to classical social theory. For most students it is the only book on the subject that they will need. The expositions are clear and comprehensive, outlining with almost alarming clarity ideas with which many of us have to struggle' - Alan Bryman, The Management Centre, University of Leicester

This is a thoroughly revised, expanded version of the best selling student text in classical social theory. The book provides an authoritative, accessible undergraduate guide to the three pivotal figures in the classical tradition. Readable and stimulating, the book explains the key ideas of these thinkers and situates them in their historical and philosophical contexts. The student gains an immediate understanding of what is distinctive and relevant about these giants of sociology.

 

The book includes a glossary with over 150 entries. For a decade, the book has been required reading on undergraduate degree programmes. This new edition, refines the material, extends the analysis and enhances our appreciation. It is a nugget in its field.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
The Origins and Foundations of Modern Social Theory: 1750-1920
 
Modern Social Theory Defined
 
The Central Subject Matter of Social Theory
 
PART TWO: KARL MARX
 
The Historical Context of Karl Marx's Work
 
The Shift to Materialism
 
The German Ideology
 
Marx's Economic Works: 1850-1867
 
Capital Volume One, Part A
Economic and Social Elements of Capitalism

 
 
Capital Volume One, Part B
The Theory of Value

 
 
Capital Volume One, Part C
Theory of Surplus Value

 
 
Capital Volume One, Part D
The Genesis of Capitalism

 
 
Theory of Alienation
 
Marx's Theory of Alienation and the 1844 Manuscripts
 
Marx's Political Writings
 
Marx's Dialectical View of History
The Theory of Development

 
 
PART THREE: EMILE DURKHEIM
 
The Historical Context of Emile Durkheim's Work
 
The Division of Labor in Society
 
The Rules of Sociological Method
 
Durkheim's Study of Suicide
 
The Elementary Form of the Religious Life
 
PART FOUR: MAX WEBER
 
The Historical Context of Max Weber's Work
 
Weber's Theoretical Perspective and Fundamental Themes in His Work
 
The Theme of Capitalism in Weber's Work
 
Weber's Theory of Class, Status and Party
 
Weber's Concept of the Status Group
The Separation of Status from Class

 
 
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
 
Weber's Methodology and the Theory of Knowledge in the Social Sciences
 
The Theory of Legitimate Domination
Weber's Political Writings

 
 
Weber's Study of Bureaucracy

This book provides a useful, clear and comprehensive introduction to key social thinking. Classical sociological thought is discussed in a straight-forward manner that helps students get to grips with topics that can be difficult to grasp. For many students this is a must-read!

Dr. Janine Duvier
London Metropolitan Business School

Dr Janine Duvier
Dept of Management & Prof Development, London Metropolitan University
September 27, 2011

This book provides a very useful reference tool for students of the visual arts, particularly the section that deals with Fetishism and Commodities and Weber's Theories of Knowledge and Theory of Social Action. The comprehensive glossary of concepts is also an excellent reference tools as these may be used in other texts but not explained as thoroughly.

Dr Mary O'neill
Fine Art, Lincoln University
July 12, 2011

I have personally recommended this book to students on the 'introducing social theory' course that I teach on. I have found that it outlines and addresses each classical thinker systematically, thoroughly, and most of all, clearly. For me, it has now become one of the essential texts for my teaching programme, replacing other texts I previously used. Excellent format for teaching and the introductory chapter provides a detailed and insightful historical backdrop to the works of the three founding fathers; this provides and excellent platform for the whole module.

Mr Thomas Rodgers
Department of Sociology, York University
November 4, 2010

A great introduction to classical sociology which will be much appreciated by our students. It is easy to navigate around this book; it is broad and informative of sociological theory.

Mr Stuart Braye
School of Social Sciences & Law, University of Teesside
September 14, 2010

Useful for students aiming for higher grades on the module 'Economic Well-being in Families and Communities'.

Mrs Karen Hardy
Education , Sheffield Hallam University
December 1, 2009
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