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Classical Sociological Theory Rediscovering the Promise of Sociology

ISBN-10: 0534624693
ISBN-13: 9780534624699
Edition: 2006
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List price: $175.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Based on the theme that the authors call "rediscovering the promise of sociology," CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY covers the period from the early 19th century and the emergence of the distinct field of sociology through the first decades of the 20th century. The three major theories of functionalism, conflict perspective and the beginning of symbolic interactionism are all developed in the classical phase. After identifying the emergence of a social philosophy dating back to the Enlightenment in chapter one, the text then follows a pattern in which each chapter is devoted to one of the major theorists and their work. Theorists are placed into their social and intellectual context. Each chapter devotes considerable content to an explanation of the writers core principles, and then submits each principle to a series of four fundamental questions. The chapter ends by providing an assessment of each of the theorists.

The Roots of Sociology: Morals and Science
Introduction
The enlightenment and legacy of the philosophies: Science and Morals
Social/Societal Influences
Political Revolutions in France and elsewhere
The Industrial Revolution, Urbanization, and Capitalism
Religion, Ideology, and Politics
A New Conception of Knowledge
German Idealism
The American Experience
Pragmatism
Pragmatism and Methodology
The Promise of Sociology
Classical Sociological theory and the Four Fundamental Questions
References
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)
Introduction
Biography
The Lycee
The Ecole Polytechnique
Paris in the Early Nineteenth Century
Marginal Intellectual
From Positivism to Religion
The Intellectual Context
The Enlightenment Philosophes
St. Simon
Comte's Sociology
Sociology as the Science of Society
From Science to the Religion of Humanity
The Four Questions
Assessment: Auguste Comte and the Promise of Sociology
References
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)
Introduction
Biography
A Significant Decade
The Successful Author
Religion and Women's Issues
Intellectual Context
Unitarianism
Classical Economics
The Role of Women in the Nineteenth Century
Martineau's Sociology
Methodology and Morals
Methodology Continued: Women and Slavery
Feminist Sociology
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Inequality
Sociology of Work and Occupations
Sociology of Illness and Disability
The Four Questions
Assessment: Harriet Martineau and the Promise of Sociology
References
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Introduction
Biography
The Early Years
The University Years, Marriage and Family
Intellectual Context
Berlin: The Young Hegelians
Paris, Brussels, and the Move to London
The International and the Twilight Years
Marx' Sociology
German Philosophy
Hegel and the Dialectic
Metaphysics Out, Materialism In
English Political Economy/Classical Economic Theory
Surplus Value, Unpaid Wages, and Increasing Misery
French Socialism
Toward Revolution (Dialectic Materialism)
Alienation
Summary: It All Comes Together
No Marxist Revolution: A Brief Critical Assessment
The Four Questions
Assessment: Karl Marx and the Promise of Sociology
References
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
Introduction
Biography
The Early Years: Nonconformity, Independence
Travels/Observations/Inventions
Intellectual Context
Early Influences
Middle and Later Years
Spencer's Sociology
Evolutionary Theory
Assumptions
Adaptation, struggle for existence, and the birth of society
Organicism
Societies are not organisms
Social Darwinism
The Four Questions
Assessment: Herbert Spencer and the Promise of Sociology
References
The Four Questions
Emile Durkheim (1855-1917)
Introductin
Biography
The Early Years: Education and Anti-Semitism
Middle Years: Patriot, Husband, Father, Activist, and Scholar
The Twilight Years: Senior Scholar, War, Personal Devastation
Intellectual Context
French Intellectual History
Other Influences
Durkheim's Sociology
Introduction: Sociologism, Positivism, Major Works, Spencer
On the Division of Labor in Society (1893)
Mechanical solidarity
Organic solidarity
Causes of the division of labor and why it weakens the collective conscience
The Rules of Sociological Method (1895)
Suicide (1897)
Introduction: Positivism, Sociologism, Definition and Types of Suicide
Egoistic Suicide
Altruistic Suicide
Anomic and Fatalistic Suicide
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912)
Introduction
Durkheim's Theory of Religion
Durkheim's New Methodological/Epistemological Positions
The sociology of knowledge
Social psychology
Positivism
The Four Questions
Assessment: Emile Durkheim and the Promise of Sociology
References
Georg Simmel (1858-1918)
Introduction
Biography
Ties to Berlin
The Later Years
Intellectual Context
Darwin and Spencer
Kant. Positivism and Idealism
Simmel's Sociology
Content and Form
Dyads and Triads
Conflict
Role Theory, Multiple Statuses and Freedom
The Four Questions
Assessment: Georg Simmel and the Promise of Sociology
References
Max Weber (1864-1920)
Introduction
Biography
Early Years: Family, Education
Career, Psychological Demons, The War Years
Intellectual Context
The Making of An Encyclopedic Mind
German Intellectual History, Teaching, and Writing
Weber's Sociology
Introduction: Levels of Analysis, Rationality, Iron Cage
Role of Ideas
Historical individual
Verstehen, ideal types
Weber's Epistemology/Methodology: The Protestant Ethic Thesis
Overview of PE
The problem
The practical ethics of the ascetic branches of Protestantism
How ideas structure social action: the PE example
Power and Authority Structures
Ideal type: a quick review
Power
Class
Status
Party
Authority structures
Rational legal authority
Traditional authority
Charismatic authority
Summary: Weber and Marx
The Four Questions
Assessment: Max Weber and the Promise of Sociology
References
George Herbert Mead (1863-1931)
Introduction
Biography
Undergraduate Education
Graduate Education
The Chicago Years: Mead the Social Reformer
The Chicago Years: Mead the Professor
Intellectual Context
Darwinism
Behaviorism
Pragmatism
Mead's Sociology
Mind, Self, and Society
The Mind and Significant Symbols
Language and Mind
Social Order
The Preparatory Stage
The Play Stage
The Game Stage
The "I" and the "Me"
An Integrated Sociology
The Four Questions
Assessment: George Herbert Mead and the Promise of Sociology
References
Jane Addams (1860-1935)
Introduction
Biography
The Early Years
Rockford Female Seminary
Travel in Europe
Beginnings of Hull House
Later Years
Intellectual Context
The Social Gospel
Pragmatism
Marxism and Socialism
Women's Suffrage
Tolstoy and Pacifism
Addams' Sociology
Critical-Emancipatory Theory
Feminist Sociology
The Four Questions
Assessment: Jane Addams and the Promise of Sociology
References
William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois (1868-1963)
Introduction
Biography
Higher Education
Early Career
The NAACP, Crisis Magazine, and Marxism
Social Critic and the Later Years
Intellectual Context
Pragmatism
William James, Pragmatism and Science
Social Darwinism
Pan-Africanism
Marxism
Du Bois' Sociology
Sociological Methods
Sociology of Race
Sociology of Self
Sociology of Religion
The Four Questions
Assessment: W.E.B
DuBois and the Promise of Sociology
References
Classical American Sociology and the Promise of Sociology
Introduction
The Origins of American Sociology
William Graham Sumer (1840-1910)
Lester Frank Ward (1841-1913)
Albion Woodbury Small (1854-1926)
Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)
Edward Alsworth Ross (1866-1951)
Franklin Giddings (1855-1931)
Florence Kelley (1859-1932)
Charlette Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
The Rise of the Objective Sociology

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