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Discovery of Society

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ISBN-10: 0070118833

ISBN-13: 9780070118836

Edition: 6th 1998

Authors: Randall Collins, Michael Makowsky

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This volume explores the lives and ideas of social thinkers who have shaped and continue to forge traditions in sociology. It weaves biographical and conceptual details into the history of social thought of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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List price: $30.63
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Randall Collins is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He earned his A.B. at Harvard in 1963, his M.A. at Stanford in 1964, and received his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkley in 1969. He is the author of numerous books and articles, such as Conflict Sociology: Toward an Explanatory Science, The Credential Society, Three Sociological Traditions, Weberian Sociological Theory, and Theoretical Sociology. Many of his works are of international interest, and have been translated into Italian, Duthc, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Rumanian, German, and Arabic.

Michael Makowsky is organizational consultant to Musart Company. He earned his B.A from New York University's Washington Square College in 1962, and received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkley in 1967. Over the last 30 years, he has taught at his alma mater, the University of California at Berkley, as well as the University of California at Davis, Chabot College, College of San Mateo, Goddard College, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Cultural Integration Fellowship. He is the author of numerous articles in contemporary journals, such as Minstrel of Love: A Biography of Satguru Sant Keshavadas, Breath of the Eternal: The Way of…    

Introduction: Society and Illusionp. 1
The Vicissitudes of Nineteenth-Century Rationalismp. 17
The Prophets of Paris: Saint-Simon and Comtep. 19
Sociology in the Underground: Karl Marxp. 30
The Last Gentleman: Alexis de Tocquevillep. 53
Nietzsche's Madnessp. 66
Do-Gooders, Evolutionists, and Racistsp. 81
The Great Breakthroughp. 99
Dreyfus' Empire: Emile Durkheim and Georges Sorelp. 101
Max Weber: The Disenchantment of the Worldp. 117
Sigmund Freud: Conquistador of the Irrationalp. 140
The Discovery of the Invisible World: Simmel, Cooley, and Meadp. 166
The Vicissitudes of Twentieth-Century Sophisticationp. 185
The Discovery of the Ordinary World: Thomas, Park, and the Chicago School; W.E.B. Du Bois and African-American Sociologyp. 187
The Construction of the Social System: Pareto and Parsonsp. 205
Hitler's Shadow: Michels, Mannheim, and Millsp. 220
Erving Goffman and the Theater of Social Encountersp. 237
Contemporary Sociological Theory in France, Germany, and the United Statesp. 251
The Impact of Women in Sociology of the Late Twentieth Centuryp. 285
Bibliographical Suggestionsp. 307
Indexp. 321
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