The Social Theory of Georg Simmelby Nicholas J. Spykman, David Frisby (Introduction)
Contemporary sociology increasingly seems to be adopting a perspectivesimilar to that on which Georg Simmel's analysis and interpretations rested.To a significant degree, therefore, sociologists continue to turn to Simmelfor a basic understanding of the forms and processes of social life. NicholasSpykman'sThe Social Theory of Georg Simmel, originally published in 1925,was the first comprehensive account of Simmel's ideas. It remains a mostvaluable summary of the major elements of his thought.
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Nicholas J. Spykman was Sterling Professor of International Relations at Yale University in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He also authored The Geography of the Peace and The Social Theory of Georg Simmel, available from Transaction.
David Frisby is chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Glasgow. He is the editor, with M. Featherstone, of Simmel on Culture: Selected Writings.
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