Classical Sociological Theory A Reader

ISBN-10: 0814755747

ISBN-13: 9780814755747

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ian Mcintosh

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Over the years, many textbooks have been written about the troika of sociological geniuses, Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Too often, however, these works have been mere distillations of the views of the great thinkers. They did not intend nor could they hope to capture the subtleties and nuances of the original texts. With the publication of Ian McIntosh's Classical Sociological Theory: A Reader, extracts of the most relevant and noteworthy works of the classical sociological thinkers are available for the first time in a single volume. Here we find lengthy excerpts from Marx's Communist Manifesto and The German Ideology, Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Durkheim's The Division of Labour in Society and Suicide: A Study in Sociology. Generous portions of fifteen other texts are included here, as well as selected correspondence of Karl Marx. Each extract is prefaced by an introduction which provides the reader with essential background information on each author's Weltanschauung, without telling the student what to think or encapsulating the excerpt to follow. Brief biographies of the principals and guides for further reading provide the student with a frame of reference for the texts. Classical Sociological Theory: A Reader is not a replacement for the full texts in the original. It is, however, an enticement, whetting the appetite for further exploration of the masters of sociological thought.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 5/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 259
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Ian McIntosh is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom.

Acknowledgements and Note on the Texts
Introduction: 'Marx, Weber and Durkheim: Why Bother?'
Guide to Further Reading: General
Karl Marx
Karl Marx: A Brief Biography
Alienated Labour
The Theses on Feuerbach
The German Ideology and Historical Materialism
The Communist Manifesto
Wage Labour and Capital
The Preface to A Critique of Political Economy
The Fetishism of Commodities
The So-called Primitive Accumulation
Selected Correspondence: Letter to Annenkov; Letter to Weydemyer; Letter to Mikhailovski
Guide to Further Reading
Max Weber
Max Weber: A Brief Biography
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Class, Status and Party
Science as a Vocation
Definitions of Sociology and Social Action
Legitimacy and Authority
Guide to Further Reading
Emile Durkheim
Emile Durkheim: A Brief Biography
The Division of Labour in Society: Introduction
Sanctions and Mechanical and Organic Solidarity
The Division of Labour: Causes and Abnormal Forms
The Rules of Sociological Method
Suicide: A Study in Sociology
Religion and Society
Guide to Further Reading
Copyright Acknowledgements
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