The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists / Edition 1

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Overview

The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists provides a comprehensive review of classical social theory. In original essays especially commissioned for this volume, leading experts and practitioners examine the life and work of 12 major theorists. Contributors discuss the social and intellectual context of the theorists' writings, and offer an analysis of their impact over time. Each chapter balances systematic treatment of a particular theorist with personal interpretations of the theorist's work. Edited by a leading figure in social theory, this Companion offers an indispensable resource and reference to the life and times of the thinkers who have tried to make sense of our social surroundings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405105941
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/12/2003
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology Series , #21
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

George Ritzer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He has chaired both the Theoretical and the Organizations and Occupations sections of the American Sociological Association, and authored more than 25 books, including Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society (1995), The McDonaldization of Society: An Investigation into the Changing Character of Contemporary Social Life (1995), Classical Sociological Theory (second edition, 1995), and The McDonaldization Thesis: Explorations and Extensions (1998).
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
Introduction: Narratives, Geistesgeschichtes, and the History of Social Theory 1
1 Auguste Comte 13
2 Harriet Martineau 41
3 Herbert Spencer 69
4 Karl Marx 93
5 Max Weber 132
6 Emile Durkheim 193
7 Georg Simmel 239
8 Charlotte Perkins Gilman 267
9 George Herbert Mead 290
10 W. E. B. Du Bois 333
11 Alfred Schutz 355
12 Talcott Parsons 376
Index 421
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