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Ian Craib compellingly shows the value of studying classic thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel alongside the more popular contemporary questions. Providing an account of the key ideas of classical social theory, Dr Craib establishes their relevance today, their enduring significance, and their contribution to understanding contemporary problems.

Written in a direct, personal style, Classical Social Theory's thematic structure helps the reader compare the theorists systematically, and the book-by-book approach pays close attention to each thinker's key texts, quoting the most important passages and analyzing them in a clear, straightforward way.

Other student-friendly features include:

• biographical details and an elementary overview of the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel

Dramatis Personae with brief details of the life and thought of other relevant thinkers

• Glossary covering important terms and phrases used in the text

Classical Social Theory is an indispensable guide to the key thinkers in Sociology for anyone new to the subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198781172
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/3/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Ian Craib is Reader in Sociology, University of Essex. He is the author of Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1984).

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Table of Contents

Chapter summaries
List of boxes
1 What's the point? 1
2 The main characters and the main ideas 11
3 Durkheim: the discovery of social facts 25
4 Karl Marx: the primacy of production 35
5 Max Weber: the primacy of social action 43
6 Georg Simmel: society as form and process - the outsider's view 53
7 Durkheim: drunk and orderly 63
8 Was Marx a Marxist? 86
9 The liberal Weber 119
10 Simmel: the social and the personal 146
11 Durkheim's organic analogy 187
12 Marx and the meaning of history 204
13 Weber as a tragic liberal: the rise of the West 232
14 Simmel: countering an overdose of history? 261
15 Conclusion: the framework of social theory 265
Dramatis personae
T. W. Adorno 273
Louis Althusser 273
Henri Bergson 273
Auguste Comte 273
Charles Darwin 273
Friedrich Engels 273
Ludwig Feuerbach 274
Michel Foucault 274
Sigmund Freud 274
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 274
Immanuel Kant 274
Soren Kierkegaard 274
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 274
Georg Lukacs 275
Karl Mannheim 275
Herbert Marcuse 275
George Herbert Mead 275
Maurice Merleau-Ponty 275
Robert Michels 275
John Stuart Mill 275
Friedrich Nietzsche 275
Talcott Parsons 276
David Ricardo 276
Heinrich Rickert 276
Claude-Henri de Rouvroy Saint-Simon 276
Jean-Paul Sartre 276
Adam Smith 276
Herbert Spencer 276
Ferdinand Tonnies 276
Leon Trotsky 276
Karl Wittfogel 277
Glossary 278
References 283
Index 293
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