This volume is a collection of original essays by leading figures in recent scholarship on the classical sociological theorists. Offering a novel blend of historicist and presentist approaches to reclaiming sociology's rich intellectual past, the studies in the collection provide an analytic guide to the vast secondary literature that has appeared in recent years. The essays also dispel longstanding stereotypes about the lives and works of these theorists and propose major revisionist reinterpretations of their thought. Taken together, the studies fill a serious void that currently exists in the literature between introductory summaries on the one hand and specialized monographs on the other.
"This is the most enjoyable and important book on social theory that I have read in a long time." BSA Network October 1998
Introduction: Classical Sociological Theory as a Field of Research: Charles Camic (University of Wisconsin at Madison).
1. A New Look at Auguste Comte: Mary Pickering (San Jose State University).
2. Rethinking Marx: Moishe Postone (University of Chicago).
3. Spencer and His Critics: Valerie A. Haines (University of Calgary).
4. Classical Social Theory with the Women Founders Included: Lynn MacDonald (University of Guelph).
5. The Other Durkheim: History and Theory in the Treatment of Classical Sociological Thought: Robert Alun Jones (University of Illinois at Urbana).
6. Simmel Reappraised: Old Images, New Scholarship: Donald N. Levine (University of Chicago).
7. Max Weber's Sociology: Research Strategies and Modes of Analysis: Stephen Karlberg (Boston University).
8. W. I. Thomas and Robert E. Park: Conceptualizing, Theorizing, and Investigating Social Process: Martin Bulmer (University of Surrey).
9. George Herbert Mead and the Renaissance of American Pragmatism in Social Theory: Hans Joas (University of Berlin).
10. Acclaiming the Reclaimers: the Trials of Writing Sociology History: Alan Sica (Pennsylvania State University).
Series: Blackwell Companions to Social Theory
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6th January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 228.6 x 154.13 x 17.37
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1