Great Minds: Encounters with Social Theory

Great Minds: Encounters with Social Theory

by Gianfranco Poggi, Giuseppe Sciortino

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Modern social thought is largely the intellectual product of a number of "great minds." Revisiting the central theories of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Parsons, Goffman, Garfinkel, and Luhmann, this text introduces readers to a select group of thinkers who have made significant, distinctive, and controversial contributions to the development of modern social theory.
Offering a careful selection of primary sources that encourage direct engagement with the writings, Poggi and Sciortino emphasize the theoretical insights and problems that remain valuable to discussions of social theory today. Each chapter introduces key ideas, whether classical or contemporary, through a discussion of each theorist's contribution to the exploration of the human actors and the consequences, potentialities, and vulnerabilities embedded in social relationships. Great Minds was originally published in Italian. This first-ever English-language edition includes a new final chapter on the work of Luhmann.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804772143
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gianfranco Poggi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy. He is the author of Weber: A Short Introduction (2006) and Forms of Power (2001), among other works. Giuseppe Sciortino is Professor of Sociology at the University of Trento, Italy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Karl Marx 7

2 Emile Durkheim 27

3 Max Weber 49

4 Georg Simmel 71

5 George Herbert Mead 91

6 Talcott Parsons 105

7 Erving Goffman 121

8 Harold Garfinkel 137

9 Niklas Luhmann 155

Other Ways of Encountering the Same Authors 173

Index 175

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