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Understanding Classical Sociology
Marx, Weber, Durkheim

Second Edition


© 2003 | 246 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:

`Totally reliable… the authors have produced a book urgently needed by all those charged with introducing students to the classics… quite indispensable' - Times Higher Education Supplement

This is a fully updated and expanded new edition of the successful undergraduate text. Providing a lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the authors submit that these figures have decisively shaped the discipline. They show how the classical apparatus is in use, even though it is being directed in new ways in response to the changing character of society.

Written with the needs of undergraduates in mind, the text is essential reading for students in sociology and social theory.

 
Introduction
 
Sociology's Intellectual Character
 
Conclusion
 
Select Bibliography and Further Reading
 
Karl Marx
 
Biography and Social Background
 
Early Years: The Critique of Hegel's Idealism
 
Turning Hegel the Right Way Up
 
The Critique of Political Economy
 
The Partnership with Engels
 
The Materialist Conception of History
 
The Priority of Society
 
The Material Basis of Social Organisation
 
Economic Production and Social Organisation
 
The Shaping of Consciousness
 
The Sources of Social Change
 
The Nature of Social Change
 
Social Revolution
 
The Economic Sources of Social Change
 
Issues of Interpretation
 
Changes in the Nature of Capitalism
 
Conclusion: Marx's Legacy
 
Select Bibliography and Further Reading
 
Max Weber
 
The Early Career
 
Weber and Modern Capitalism
 
The Organisation of Society
 
Capitalism, Rationality and Social Change
 
The Methodological Weber
 
The Legacy
 
Select Bibliography and Further Reading
 
Emile Durkheim
 
The Study of Social Action
 
The Reality of Society
 
The Unity of Society
 
Autonomy and Constraint
 
The Solidarity of Society
 
Thought and Society
 
The Diagnosis of Society
 
The Aftermath
 
Select Bibliography and Further Reading
 
Conclusion
 
Towards a Postmodern Marx?
 
The Durkheimian Legacy
 
Which Weber?
 
Concluding Remarks

Useful book giving detailed theoretical background

Mrs Suzanne Everett
Nursing (Archway), Middlesex University
November 26, 2013

New to the Second Edition:

All chapters updated throughout.

Sections on Hegel (Chapter 2) extensively rewritten.

Concluding chapter extensively rewritten.


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