A Short History of Sociological Thought

A Short History of Sociological Thought

by Alan Swingewood

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A Short History of Sociological Thought by Alan Swingewood

There are few if any books which deal with the classical sociologists and modern social theory; this book attempts to develop a critical dialogue with the writers of the past and their relevance for today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312230937
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 04/22/2000
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

ALAN SWINGEWOOD lectures in sociology at the London School of Economics. He is also the author of Cultural Theory and the Problem of Modernity.

Table of Contents

PART 1: CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGYModernity, Industrialisation and the Rise of Sociology.-Marxism: A Critical Science of Capitalist Development.-Critique of Positivism 1: Durkheim.-Critique of Positivism 2: Social Action.-Marxism after Marx.-PART 2: MODERN SOCIOLOGYFunctionalism.-Self and Society: Sociological Interactionism.-Structuralism and Post-Structuralism.-Problems of Agency and Structure.-Postmodernity and Sociological Theory.-New Directions in Sociological Thought.-Conclusion: Sociology and the Modern World.

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