Classical Sociological Theory / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 07/27/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 34%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $4.50
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 94%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $4.50   
  • New (7) from $23.72   
  • Used (6) from $4.50   


In an accessible and thoughtful manner, this anthology--an update of Social and Political Theory: Classical Readings (1998)--introduces students to the key classic texts in social thought. In the second edition, Michael Kimmel focuses more specifically on the discipline of sociology, rather than melding classical sociological and political theories in one volume. Taking a serious look at the canonical texts, he presents a diverse range of thinkers who were critical to the development of sociological theory and offers a more inclusive classical canon that is informed by both the historical record and the needs of contemporary students.
Many of the classical theorists whose works are included here were much more influential than the canon suggested. For example, the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, and W.E.B Du Bois were widely disseminated and discussed in their time, yet they were pushed to the margins of the canon, declared to be derivative or second-rate. In attempting to set the record a bit straighter, Kimmel restores these and other forgotten thinkers to the positions they once held. The questions they posed are among the most vital theoretical and political questions of our era, evidence that classical social and political theory continues to speak to new generations of students about the issues that most affect their lives.
Features new to the second edition:
* Selections of key texts by Auguste Comte (Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte); Edmund Burke (Reflections on the Revolution in France); John Dewey (Democracy and Education); and Elsie Clews Parsons (Women in Public Life)

• Stronger disciplinary focus within sociology

Classical Social Theory, Second Edition, is an ideal text for courses in the theory of sociology, the history of social theory, the history of political thought, and western philosophy.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195187854
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/20/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Thomas Hobbes, Selections from Leviathan
John Locke, Selections from Two Treatises on Government
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Selections from The Social Contract or Principles of Political Right
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Letter to John Adams
Adam Smith, Selections from The Wealth of Nations
Edmund Burke, Selections from Reflections on the Revolution in France
Thomas Paine, Selections from The Rights of Man
"An Occassional Letter on the Female Sex"
Mary Wollstonecraft, Selections from A Vindication of the Rights of Man
Selections from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
John Stuart Mill, Selections from On Liberty
Selections from The Subjection of Women
Harriet Martineau, Selections from Society in America
Auguste Comte, Selections from Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte
Frederick Douglass, Selections from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
"The Rights of Women"
Margaret Fuller, Selections from Woman in the Nineteenth Century
Karl Marx (and Engels), "Theses on Feuerbach"
Selections from A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
Selections from Manifesto of the Communist Party
Selections from Wage Labour and Capital
atilda Joslyn Gage, Selections from Woman, Church, and State
Max Weber, "Class, Status, Party" (from Economy and Society)
"Bureaucracy" (from Economy and Society)
"Sociology of Charismatic Authority" (from Economy and Society)
"The Meaning of Discipline" (from Economy and Society)
Émile Durkheim, Selections from The Division of Labor in Society
Selections from he Elementary Forms of The Religious Life
Sigmund Freud, "The Dissection of the Psychical Personality"
Selections from roup Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
Selections from Civilization and Its Discontents
Georg Simmel, Selections from Sociology: "The Web of Group-Affiliations"
Lester Ward, Selections from Pure Sociology
"Our Better Halves"
Thorstein Veblen, Selections from he Theory of the Leisure Class
"The Economic Theory of Woman's Dress"
W. E. B. DuBois, Selections from The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches
Selections from Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil
"Votes for Women"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Selections from Women and Economics
John Dewey, Selections from Democracy and Education
Elsie Clews Parsons, Selections from Women in Public Life
Virginia Woolf, Selections from Three Guineas

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)