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This comprehensive collection of classical sociological theory is a definitive guide to the roots of sociology. The volume explores the pioneering minds of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, who developed our modern idea of society; and looks at the powerful influence of the works of early sociologists Mead, Simmel, Freud, and Du Bois. It concludes with the major works and theoretical perspectives of the mid-twentieth century, including those of Adorno, Marcuse, Parsons, and Merton. As a whole, the reader traces the evolution of social science from its undisciplined beginnings to its current guideposts and reference points in contemporary sociological debate.

Updated throughout, this second edition includes selected readings which provide clearer introductions to classical theory, providing examples and showing connections to current sociology. This title's approach of giving substantial primary source texts rather than merely "snippets," and backing these up with generous introductions, is maintained in this new edition. There is an entirely new section with new readings on the immediate "pre-history" of sociological theory, including the Enlightenment and de Tocqueville. Editorial introductions lend historical and intellectual perspective to the readings, making this an authoritative and compact survey of the most representative works of classical social theory, and an essential text for undergraduate courses. Classical Sociological Theory, in conjunction with its complement. Contemporary Sociological Theory, offers readers a complete overview of sociological theory.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the first edition:
"Calhoun and his collaborators have produced the best theory reader there is.”
Philip Gorski, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Praise for this edition:
“Comprehensive but judicious, the editors have established the definitive canon of what is important in classical sociology. An invaluable contribution to teaching and to the appreciation of the classical tradition, the second edition is essential reading. Through its inclusive understanding of the history of social thought, it demonstrates forcefully why we should continue reading the classical texts.”
Bryan S. Turner , editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213482
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers in Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Calhoun is University Professor and Professor of Sociology and History at New York University, and President of the Social Science Research Council. Joseph Gerteis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. James Moody is Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, North Carolina. Steven Pfaff is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. Indermohan Virk is Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Sociological Theory of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
1 Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law 26
2 Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 34
3 Commodities 44
4 The General Formula for Capital 60
5 Division of Labour and Manufacture 66
6 The So-Called Primitive Accumulation 70
7 Classes 75
8 Manifesto of the Communist Party 76
9 The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte 91
Pt. II The Sociological Theory of Emile Durkheim
10 The Rules of Sociological Method 109
11 The Division of Labor in Society 128
12 The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life 150
Pt. III The Sociological Theory of Max Weber
13 "Objectivity" in Social Science 171
14 Basic Sociological Terms 178
15 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 188
16 The Distribution of Power Within the Political Community: Class, Status, Party 206
17 The Types of Legitimate Domination 215
18 Bureaucracy 223
Pt. IV Self and Society in Sociological Theory
19 The Self 240
20 The Stranger 253
21 Group Expansion and the Development of Individuality 258
22 Civilization and its Discontents 273
23 The Souls of Black Folk 281
Pt. V Knowledge and Critical Theory
24 Ideology and Utopia 293
25 Traditional and Critical Theory 304
26 Cultural Criticism and Society 319
27 One Dimensional Man 331
Pt. VI Structural-Functional Analysis
28 The Structure of Social Action 347
29 The Position of Sociological Theory 359
30 An Outline of the Social System 366
31 On Sociological Theories of the Middle Range 386
32 Manifest and Latent Functions 398
33 The Bearing of Empirical Research on Sociological Theory 405
Index 413
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