The Discovery of Society / Edition 8

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Overview

This classic text explores the lives and ideas of the social thinkers who have shaped and continue to forge traditions in sociology. Focusing on the great names in the field, it weaves biographical and conceptual details into a tapestry of the history of social thought of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written in a narrative style that is accessible and exciting, this text serves as an excellent supplement for courses in social and sociological theory, the history of social thought, the history of sociology, and introduction to sociology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073404196
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 367,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall Collins is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He earned his A.B. at Harvard in 1963, his M.A. at Stanford in 1964, and received his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkley in 1969. He is the author of numerous books and articles, such as Conflict Sociology: Toward an Explanatory Science, The Credential Society, Three Sociological Traditions, Weberian Sociological Theory, and Theoretical Sociology. Many of his works are of international interest, and have been translated into Italian, Duthc, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Rumanian, German, and Arabic.

Michael Makowsky is organizational consultant to Musart Company. He earned his B.A from New York University’s Washington Square College in 1962, and received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkley in 1967. Over the last 30 years, he has taught at his alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, as well as the University of California at Davis, Chabot College, College of San Mateo, Goddard College, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Cultural Integration Fellowship. He is the author of numerous articles in contemporary journals, such as Minstrel of Love: A Biography of Satguru Sant Keshavadas, Breath of the Eternal: The Way of Self-Knowledge: The Concept of Atman in Four Upanishads. He is the president of his own company, Deal Glamour Media and Education Productions and is a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Las Vegas.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Society and Illusion 1
Pt. 1 The Vicissitudes of Nineteenth-Century Rationalism 17
Ch. 1 The Prophets of Paris: Saint-Simon and Comte 19
Ch. 2 Sociology in the Underground: Karl Marx 30
Ch. 3 The Last Gentleman: Alexis de Tocqueville 53
Ch. 4 Nietzsche's Madness 66
Ch. 5 Do-Gooders, Evolutionists, and Racists 81
Pt. 2 The Great Breakthrough 99
Ch. 6 Dreyfus' Empire: Emile Durkheim and Georges Sorel 101
Ch. 7 Max Weber: The Disenchantment of the World 117
Ch. 8 Sigmund Freud: Conquistador of the Irrational 140
Ch. 9 The Discovery of the Invisible World: Simmel, Cooley, and Mead 166
Pt. 3 The Vicissitudes of Twentieth-Century Sophistication 185
Ch. 10 The Discovery of the Ordinary World: Thomas, Park, and the Chicago School; W.E.B. Du Bois and African-American Sociology 187
Ch. 11 The Construction of the Social System: Pareto and Parsons 205
Ch. 12 Hitler's Shadow: Michels, Mannheim, and Mills 220
Ch. 13 Erving Goffman and the Theater of Social Encounters 237
Ch. 14 Contemporary Sociological Theory in France, Germany, and the United States 251
Ch. 15 The Impact of Women in Sociology of the Late Twentieth Century 285
Bibliographical Suggestions 307
Index 321
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    If you are interested in Sociology

    My last book in college I had to read was this one and I wish it was my first. It gives a good insight on what the three big names in Sociology: Marx's, Weber, and Durkhaim. It gave me a better understanding on the ideas of Sociology.

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