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Now published by SAGE, this scholarly text covers the first one hundred years of sociological theorizing, from 1830-1930, focusing primarily on Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Durkheim, and Mead. The text provides an in-depth examination of these early sociological theorists with biographical background, analysis of key works, major influences, critical insights, and also answers the question, "What do these ideas tell us about the basic forces that shape the social world?" Posing this question for each theorist adds a unique perspective to the text and distinguishes it from other sociological theory books. In addition, it also includes material on the enduring models and principles of the theorists' work that continue to inform sociological theory today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452206233
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/23/2011
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan H. Turner (PhD, Cornell University) is Distinguished Professor of sociology at the University of California at Riverside and University Professor for the University of California. The leading authority on sociological theory, Dr. Turner is the author of 38 influential books, which have been published in twelve different languages, as well as the author of many research articles in numerous journals and books.

Leonard Beeghley (PhD, University of California at Riverside) is professor of sociology, emeritus, at the University of Florida. He is the author of a number of books, primarily in the area of stratification and social policy issues. He has written many articles in research journals and has served in editorial positions for several publishers. He has served on committees within the American Sociological Association.

Charles H. Powers (PhD, University of California at Riverside) is professor of sociology at Santa Clara University. Under his leadership the sociology program at Santa Clara won the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 1998. He is the author of several books and research articles focusing on sociological theory and on change management in organizations.

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Table of Contents

1 The Rise of Theoretical Sociology
The Enlightenment and New Ways of Thinking
Early Sociological Theory, 1830-1930
The First Masters
2 The Origin and Context of Auguste Comte’s Sociology
The Strange Biography of Auguste Comte
The Intellectual Origins of Comte’s Thought
3 The Sociology of Auguste Comte
Comte’s Early Essays
Comte’s Course of Positive Philosophy
Critical Conclusions
4 The Origin and Context of Herbert Spencer’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Spencerian Sociology
The Political Economy of ­Nineteenth-Century England
The Scientific Milieu of Spencer’s England
Spencer’s Synthetic Philosophy and the Sociology of Comte
Why Read Spencer?
5 The Sociology of Herbert Spencer
Spencer’s Moral Philosophy: Social Statics and Principles of Ethics
Spencer’s First Principles
Spencer’s The Study of Sociology
A Note on Spencer’s Descriptive Sociology
Spencer’s Principles of Sociology
The Analysis of Societal Institutions
Critical Conclusions
6 The Origin and Context of Karl Marx’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Marx’s Thought
G. W. F. Hegel and Karl Marx
Ludwig Feuerbach and Karl Marx
Adam Smith and Karl Marx
Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx
7 The Sociology of Karl Marx
The German Ideology
The Communist Manifesto
Critical Conclusions
8 The Origin and Context of Max Weber’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Weber’s Thought
The Early Years
Karl Marx and Max Weber
The Methodenstreit and Max Weber
Wilhelm Dilthey and Max Weber
Heinrich Rickert and Max Weber
Weber’s Theoretical Synthesis
9 The Sociology of Max Weber
Weber’s Methodology of the Social Sciences
Weber’s Image of Social Organization
Weber’s Analysis of Domination
Weber on Capitalism and Rationalization
Weber’s Study of Religion
Weber’s Outline of the Social System
Critical Conclusions
10 The Origin and Context of Georg Simmel’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Simmel’s Thought
Intellectual Influences on Simmel’s Thought
The Enigmatic Simmel
11 The Sociology of Georg Simmel
Simmel’s Methodological Approach to the Study of Society
The Web of Group Affiliations
The Philosophy of Money
Critical Conclusions
12 The Origin and Context of Émile Durkheim’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Durkheim’s Thought
Charles Montesquieu and Durkheim
Jean Jacques Rousseau and Durkheim
Auguste Comte and Durkheim
Alexis de Tocqueville and Durkheim
Herbert Spencer and Durkheim
Karl Marx and Durkheim
Anticipating Durkheimian Sociology
13 The Sociology of Émile Durkheim
The Division of Labor in Society
The Rules of the Sociological Method
The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
A Science of “Morality”
Critical Conclusions
14 The Origin and Context of George Herbert Mead’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Mead’s Thought
Mead’s Synthesis of Schools of Thought
Wilhelm Wundt and Mead
William James and Mead
Charles Horton Cooley and Mead
John Dewey and Mead
Mead’s Synthesis
15 The Sociology of George Herbert Mead
Mead’s Broader Philosophy
Mind, Self, and Society
The Philosophy of the Act
Critical Conclusions
16 The Emergence of Contemporary Theoretical Perspective
Nine Theoretical Traditions and Perspectives
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