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A Short History of Sociological Thought - Alan Swingewood

A Short History of Sociological Thought


Published: 19th January 2000
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This lucidly written, jargon-free text offers an account of the rise of sociological thought from its origins in the eighteenth century. Beginning with the classical sociology of Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Simmel, it goes on to examine the modern paradigms of functionalism, interactionism, structuralism and critical Marxism, and ends by discussing salient contemporary sociological theory, including the theories of Foucault, Baudrillard, Giddens, Habermas and others. Systematic and comprehensive, this is a text that critically engages with sociological theory throughout its development, offering students a path through competing traditions and perspectives that brings out the distinctive value and limitations of these.

'a superb book.' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

PART 1: CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGY Modernity, Industrialisation and the Rise of Sociology Marxism: A Critical Science of Capitalist Development Critique of Positivism 1: Durkheim Critique of Positivism 2: Social Action Marxism after Marx PART 2: MODERN SOCIOLOGY Functionalism Self and Society: Sociological Interactionism Structuralism and Post-Structuralism Problems of Agency and Structure Postmodernity and Sociological Theory New Directions in Sociological Thought Conclusion: Sociology and the Modern World

ISBN: 9780333801994
ISBN-10: 0333801997
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 19th January 2000
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.8 x 23.3  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised