British Social Theory: Recovering Lost Traditions before 1950

British Social Theory: Recovering Lost Traditions before 1950

by John Scott


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A unique contribution to discussions of social theory, this book counters the argument that no social theory was ever produced in Britain before the late twentieth century. Reviewing a period of 300 years from the seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century, it sets out a number of innovative strands in theory that culminated in powerful contributions in the classical period of sociology. The book discusses how these traditions of theory were lost and forgotten and sets out why they are important today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526445896
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/23/2018
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Scott is an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Essex, Exeter, and Copenhagen. He was formerly a professor of sociology at the Universities of Essex and Leicester, and pro-vice-chancellor for research at the University of Plymouth. He has been president of the British Sociological Association, Chair of the Sociology Section of the British Academy, and in 2013 was awarded the CBE for Services to Social Science. His work covers theoretical sociology, the history of sociology, elites and social stratification, and social network analysis. His most recent books include British Social Theory: Recovering Lost Traditions before 1950 (SAGE, 2018), Envisioning Sociology. Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction (with Ray Bromley, SUNY Press, 2013), Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research (with Gayle Letherby and Malcolm Williams, SAGE, 2011).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Was There a Failure of British Social Theory?
Foundations of Social Thought
Chapter 2 Social Thought in Mainstream Philosophy: Towards a Science of Social Structure
Chapter 3 Difference, Diversity, and Development in the Social Organism
Chapter 4 The Romantic Critique and Social Idealism
Chapter 5 The Socialist Critique and Cultural Materialism
Classical Social Theories
Chapter 6 Patrick Geddes: Towards a Professional Sociology
Chapter 7 Robert Mac Iver: Building an Intellectual Base
Chapter 8 Leonard Hobhouse: Building Disciplinary Sociology
Development and Decay
Chapter 9 Social Theory After the Classics
Chapter 10 Rediscovering Theory and Theorists
Appendix: Principal Social Theorists

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