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A Short History of Sociological Thought - Alan Swingewood

A Short History of Sociological Thought

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This second edition of a highly successful book provides the student with a thematic and problem-centred account of the development of classical and modern sociological theory from its origins in enlightenment philosophy to contemporary debates on the nature of modern society. `...of great value to students of sociology...accurate, full of insight, and lucidly written.' - British Book News `...it stands head and shoulders above many similar titles.' - Times Higher Education Supplement

Part 1 Foundations: origins of sociology; human nature and social order; Vico - science and history; Montesquieu; the Scottish enlightenment; problems of method; the emergence of class; the dialectics of social change; industrialisation and the rise of sociological positivism: empiricism and positivism; the French Revolution and sociology; the concept of industrial society - Saint-Simon; Comte and positive science; positivism and determinism; sociology, political economy and the division of labour; evolutionism and sociological positivism - Mill and Spencer; Marxism - a positive science of capitalist development; the development of Marxism; alienation of labour; the concept of ideology; Marx's method - materialism and dialectics; calss formation and class consciousness; laws of development - the problem of historical determinism. Part 2 Classical sociology: critique of positivism - 1 Durkheim; Durkheim and the development of sociology; positivism and morality; division of labour, social cohesion and conflict; anomie; suicide and social solidarity; functionalism, holism and political theory; critique of positivism - 11 social action; inderstanding and the social sciences - Dilthey; formal sociology - Simmel and sociation; understanding and the problem of method - Weber; ideal types and social action; religion and social action - capitalism and the Priotestant ethic; capitalism and culture - Sombart and Simmel; social action and social system - Pareto; the socioloy of class and domination; Marx's theory of domination; the state and class domination; the theory of class - Weber; capitalism, bureaucracy and democracy - Weber's theory of domination; Marxism and sociology; Marxism after Marx; Marxism as revolutionary consciousness - Lukacs and the concept of totality; culture and domination - Gramsci and the concept of hegemony; Marxism and the sociology of intellectuals - Gramsci; Lukacs and Gramsci on sociology; Marxism and sociology - the Austro-Marxists; conclusion. Part 3 Modern sociology: functionalism; sociological functionalism - general features; the concept of system; functionalism and the dialectic of social life - Merton; functionalism, social conflict and social change; functionalism and stratification; self, society and the sociology of everyday life; action theory and the concept of slef - the early and later Parsons; psycho-analysis and self - Freud; the social self - Mead and symbolic interactionism; sociological phenomenology - Schutz and the reality of everyday life; structuralism; the development of structuralism - Saussure; post-Saussurian structuralism - language and culture; Marxism and structuralism. (part contents)

ISBN: 9780333558614
ISBN-10: 0333558618
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 18th October 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised