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The Emergence of Sociological Theory

The Emergence of Sociological Theory

Seventh Edition

November 2011 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This scholarly text covers the first one hundred years of sociological theorizing, from 1830 to 1930, focusing primarily on Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Durkheim, and Mead. The authors provide an in-depth examination of these early sociological theorists with biographical background, analysis of key works, major influences, and critical insights. They answer the question, "What do these ideas tell us about the basic forces that shape the social world?" Posing this question for each theorist adds a unique perspective to the text and distinguishes it from other sociological theory books. In addition, it also includes material on the enduring models and principles of the theorists' work that continue to inform sociological theory today.

1 The Rise of Theoretical Sociology
The Enlightenment and New Ways of Thinking  
Early Sociological Theory, 1830-1930  
The First Masters  
2 The Origin and Context of Auguste Comte’s Sociology
The Strange Biography of Auguste Comte  
The Intellectual Origins of Comte’s Thought  
3 The Sociology of Auguste Comte
Comte’s Early Essays  
Comte’s Course of Positive Philosophy  
Critical Conclusions  
4 The Origin and Context of Herbert Spencer’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Spencerian Sociology  
The Political Economy of ­Nineteenth-Century England  
The Scientific Milieu of Spencer’s England  
Spencer’s Synthetic Philosophy and the Sociology of Comte  
Why Read Spencer?  
5 The Sociology of Herbert Spencer
Spencer’s Moral Philosophy: Social Statics and Principles of Ethics  
Spencer’s First Principles  
Spencer’s The Study of Sociology  
A Note on Spencer’s Descriptive Sociology  
Spencer’s Principles of Sociology  
The Analysis of Societal Institutions  
Critical Conclusions  
6 The Origin and Context of Karl Marx’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Marx’s Thought  
G. W. F. Hegel and Karl Marx  
Ludwig Feuerbach and Karl Marx  
Adam Smith and Karl Marx  
Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx  
7 The Sociology of Karl Marx
The German Ideology  
The Communist Manifesto  
Critical Conclusions  
8 The Origin and Context of Max Weber’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Weber’s Thought  
The Early Years  
Karl Marx and Max Weber  
The Methodenstreit and Max Weber  
Wilhelm Dilthey and Max Weber  
Heinrich Rickert and Max Weber  
Weber’s Theoretical Synthesis  
9 The Sociology of Max Weber
Weber’s Methodology of the Social Sciences  
Weber’s Image of Social Organization  
Weber’s Analysis of Domination  
Weber on Capitalism and Rationalization  
Weber’s Study of Religion  
Weber’s Outline of the Social System  
Critical Conclusions  
10 The Origin and Context of Georg Simmel’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Simmel’s Thought  
Intellectual Influences on Simmel’s Thought  
The Enigmatic Simmel  
11 The Sociology of Georg Simmel
Simmel’s Methodological Approach to the Study of Society  
The Web of Group Affiliations  
The Philosophy of Money  
Critical Conclusions  
12 The Origin and Context of Émile Durkheim’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Durkheim’s Thought  
Charles Montesquieu and Durkheim  
Jean Jacques Rousseau and Durkheim  
Auguste Comte and Durkheim  
Alexis de Tocqueville and Durkheim  
Herbert Spencer and Durkheim  
Karl Marx and Durkheim  
Anticipating Durkheimian Sociology  
13 The Sociology of Émile Durkheim
The Division of Labor in Society  
The Rules of the Sociological Method  
The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life  
A Science of “Morality”  
Critical Conclusions  
14 The Origin and Context of George Herbert Mead’s Thought
Biographical Influences on Mead’s Thought  
Mead’s Synthesis of Schools of Thought  
Wilhelm Wundt and Mead  
William James and Mead  
Charles Horton Cooley and Mead  
John Dewey and Mead
Mead’s Synthesis  
15 The Sociology of George Herbert Mead
Mead’s Broader Philosophy  
Mind, Self, and Society  
The Philosophy of the Act  
Critical Conclusions  
16 The Emergence of Contemporary Theoretical Perspective
Nine Theoretical Traditions and Perspectives  

It's a Ph.D. course and the book is for undergraduated courses.

Dr Jacques-Bernard Gauthier
Administration, Université du Québec en Outaouais
November 14, 2013

Well-written. Ideas clearly communicated. Seemed accessible to students, even if they have little or no background in theory.

Dr Sharon Placide
The Honors College, Florida International University - Miami
January 10, 2013

Insightful, covered from old essential thinker and its contribution to enrich social sciences that cross to humanities studies to the current theorist and approach on learning. The sense of this book was delectation so it can discover theoretical grave to be light and meaningful.

Dr Abdullah Sumrahadi
COLGIS, Northern University of Malaysia (UUM)
November 1, 2012
Key features

Now published by SAGE, this impactful text is newly available in its Seventh Edition, printed in paperback format and at an affordable price!

Key Features & Benefits

  • Provides a comprehensive, in-depth examination of the early sociological theorists, including biographical background and an analysis of each theorist's key works
  • Portrays the historical context, Renaissance Europe to the Industrial Age, providing insight into how and why sociological theory emerged when it did
  • Covers all major developments in sociological theory from the Enlightenment to George Herbert Mead
  • Includes diagrams throughout the text to illustrate the connections and flow of the central elements of each theorist's contribution
  • Designed with a modular construction to allow flexibility in teaching, allowing professors to pick and choose any of the following areas of emphasis for their course: historical context of a theorist's ideas; the major works of each theorist; or the enduring models and principles that can be extracted from a theorists' work

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