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Solidarity and Schism : The Problem of Disorder in Durkheimian and Marxist Sociology - David Lockwood

Solidarity and Schism

The Problem of Disorder in Durkheimian and Marxist Sociology

Hardcover Published: 19th March 1992
ISBN: 9780198277170
Number Of Pages: 456

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This book presents a critical comparison and evaluation of the assumptions underlying explanations of social order and conflict which are to be found in the work of Durkheim and Marx, and of their most important followers. Its major theme is that, although the two bodies of theory rest on fundamentally opposed ideas of social structure and social action, both have to draw on auxiliary hypotheses which are to a high degree complementary - the residual categories of the one theory proving to be those that are analytically central to the other. This is most evident when Durkheimian theory seeks to account for social disorder, and Marxist theory for its absence. This challenging argument is developed in detail, by reference to a wide range of empirical research, and points the way to new ways of thinking about how societies alternate between the poles of solidarity and schism.

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`long awaited and deeply interesting,' Steven Lukes, Times Higher Education Supplement 'Solidarity and Schism is not an easy read ... But this is a reflection of the long gestation of Lockwood's ideas, the scrupulous fairness of his treatment of other authors, and the inherent complexity of much of his argument ... this is one of those infrequent books which will have a lasting influence on the way in which its author's discipline is practised. Once its lessons have been absorbed (as in due course they surely will be), sociologists will no longer be able to write about these topics (as they will surely continue to do) in quite the same way again.' London Review of Books' `he writes with great clarity ... elegantly and beautifully produced.' Sociology `My advice to readers is that they should ask their libraries to buy this elegantly and beautifully produced but expensive hard cover edition. They certainly need it for serious students now and for all in the future.' Sociology `It is very difficult to convey, even in a review article, the variety of insights, rigour and elegance of Lockwood's analysis. Solidarity and Schism has given me a better sense of the basic architecture of Durkheim's and Marx's writings ... Solidarity and Schism clarifies and illuminates in often unexpected ways these texts, while at the same time, showing their continuing relevance for ongoing sociological concerns ... Lockwood's work shows a kind of intellectual craftsmanship and rigour that is sadly lacking in most of the recent works in social theory. The Sociological Review `Lockwood's analysis is persuasive and often illuminating.' Political Studies

Solidarityp. 1
The Durkheimian Dilemmap. 3
Rituals and Hyper-ritualsp. 21
The Ethics of Fatalismp. 38
Declassificationp. 67
Social Classificationp. 69
Anomic Declassificationp. 98
Moral Innovationp. 130
The Problem of Disorderp. 152
Schismp. 159
Revolutionary Polarizationp. 161
Contradiction and Anti-systemp. 173
The Theory of Actionp. 199
Material and Moral Impoverishmentp. 213
Revolutionary Practicep. 230
Ideologyp. 277
Indoctrinationp. 279
Fetishismp. 306
Hegemonyp. 321
The Problem of Class Actionp. 342
Conclusionp. 372
Appendix: Social Integration and System Integrationp. 399
Bibliographyp. 413
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780198277170
ISBN-10: 0198277172
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 19th March 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.43 x 14.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.7