A Hundred Years of Sociology

A Hundred Years of Sociology

by G.Duncan Mitchell


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Tracing the development of scientifi c sociology from Comte to the present,
A Hundred Years of Sociology is a concise, narrative history of the major fi gures,
ideas, and schools that lie behind the work of contemporary sociologists.
Covering both theoretical and empirical contributions, the book describes the convergence of two major streams of sociological thought: a speculative and philosophical tradition and a reformist, fact-fi nding tradition. Throughout the volume, the author is as much concerned with the content of ideas as with their labels and chronology. The important developments in both American and European sociology are considered in full, and special attention is given to the emergence of social anthropology and social psychology and to the profound infl uence of World War II on current work in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202361680
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

G. Duncan Mitchell received his degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has taught at the Universities of Liverpool, Birmingham, and Oxford as well as at several universities in the United States and Canada. He was professor of sociology at the University of Exeter and the author of several books including Sociology: The Study of Social Systems, co-author of Neighborhood and Community, and editor of A Dictionary of Sociology.

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Early Social Science in America, Britain and France     10
Evolutionary Sociology     22
The Analytical and Comparative Study of Social Institutions     38
The Later Evolutionary Tradition in Sociology     56
The Development of Sociological Theory I: Emile Durkheim     72
The Development of Sociological Theory II: Max Weber     84
Analytical and Formal Sociology     102
Pareto's Systematic Sociology     115
The Social Survey Tradition     126
Advances in Social and Cultural Anthropology and their bearing on General Sociology     144
Descriptive Sociology in America     154
The Origins of Social Psychology     177
Sociology in War-time     199
The Organisation and Professionalisation of Sociology     215
Social Change     234
Sociological Theory     245
Social Institutions     253
Microsociology     280
Current Trends     298
Index of Names     303
Index of Chapters and Sub-titles     309

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