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Classical Sociology



December 1999 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this book, one of the foremost sociologists of the present day, turns his gaze upon the key figures and seminal institutions in the rise of sociology. Turner examines the work of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Karl Mannheim, Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons to produce a rich and authoritative perspective on the classical tradition. He argues that classical sociology has developed on many fronts, including debates on the family, religion, the city, social stratification, generations and citizenship. The book defends classical perspectives as a living tradition for understanding contemporary social life and demonstrates how the classical tradition produces an agenda for contemporary sociology.
 
Preface - The Sociological Classics
 
Part I CLASSICAL THEORY
 
The Central Themes of Sociology: An Introduction
 
Max Weber's Reception into Classical Sociology
 
Max Weber and Karl Marx
 
Max Weber on Economy and Society
 
Emile Durkheim on Civil Society
 
Karl Mannheim on Ideology and Utopia
 
Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Culture
 
Georg Simmel and the Sociology of Money
 
Talcott Parsons on the Social System
 
Part II THE EARLY SOCIOLOGY OF INSTITUTIONS
 
The Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
 
The Sociology of the City
 
The Sociology of Social Stratification
 
The Sociology and Anthropology of the Family
with Ron Eyerman
The Sociology of Generations
 
The Sociology of Citizenship
 
Conclusion - Coherence and Rupture in the Discipline of Sociology

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