Introduction to Sociology

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This book, comprised of lectures given by Adorno towards the end of his life, provides an introduction to his historical and conceptual engagement with sociology. In these lectures we find a somewhat different Adorno from the author of the densely-wrought texts published in his lifetime." "These lectures were held at the time of the "positivist dispute" in German sociology, when Adorno was defending the position of the Frankfurt School against criticism from mainstream positivist sociologists. Adorno sets out a conception of sociology as a discipline going beyond the compilation and interpretation of empirical facts, its truth being inseparable from the essential structure of society itself. Adorno covers topics ranging from the purpose of studying sociology to the place of sociology in relation to other sciences, as he traces the history of the discipline and emphasizes that the historical context is constitutive of sociology itself." "This volume will be of interest to scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in sociology and social theory, literature and literary theory, philosophy, and cultural studies.
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Editorial Reviews

Presents 17 lectures given by prominent sociologist Adorno in 1968 (the year before his death). Given at a time when Adorno was defending the position of the Frankfurt school against positivist attacks, the lectures covers his conception of the overarching nature of sociology as a discipline; the history of sociology; and his views on such thinkers as Marx, Freud, Comte, Jung, Weber, and Durkheim. Translated from the German work . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"North American sociologists, social theorists, and social scientists will welcome the accessibility of this text. It is well translated, easily read, and informative on Adorno's critique of empiricist and positivist sociology. . . . One will rarely encounter another text like this one, which can make an argument for a dialectical theory of society while also showing great sophistication in the treatment of historical materials as well as in the critical appraisal of research methods. All in all, Adorno's great intellectual passion is noticeable throughout these lectures. They clearly build on the series of splendid books produced by the author in Germany during the 1950s and 1960s."—Critical Sociology

"Adorno an author of an 'intro' book? This surprising volume is a wonderful antidote to the impression that the Frankfurt School opposed empirical research. . . . This brief work is thick with implications for the discipline of sociology, which Adorno fundamentally rethinks."—Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745615660
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/29/1999
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodor W. Adorno was one of the founders of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.

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Table of Contents

Seventeen Lectures.

Editors Notes.

Editors Afterword.

Translator's Afterword.


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