Sociological Theory: An Introduction to the Classical Tradition

By Richard W. Hadden

© 1997

Sociological Theory presents a readable and easily understandable version of the central concepts and arguments of the great classical sociological theorists, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. The book begins by introducing the initial turn to sociological thought through a brief discussion of the Enlightenment, Conservative Reaction, Comte, and Spencer. From this sociological blend of liberal and conservative ideas the work moves to its core discussion of the varying accounts of modern society found in the rich works of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. From Marx's reading of history and analysis of capitalism it moves through Durkheim's accounts of social solidarity and suicide to Weber's understanding of bureaucracy and of the religious foundations of the modern work ethic. It concludes with a succinct comparison of the three analyses of modern society.

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Sociological Theory presents a readable and easily understandable version of the central concepts and arguments of the great classical sociological theorists, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber.

Sociological Theory: An Introduction to the Classical Tradition

By Richard W. Hadden

© 1997

Sociological Theory presents a readable and easily understandable version of the central concepts and arguments of the great classical sociological theorists, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. The book begins by introducing the initial turn to sociological thought through a brief discussion of the Enlightenment, Conservative Reaction, Comte, and Spencer. From this sociological blend of liberal and conservative ideas the work moves to its core discussion of the varying accounts of modern society found in the rich works of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. From Marx's reading of history and analysis of capitalism it moves through Durkheim's accounts of social solidarity and suicide to Weber's understanding of bureaucracy and of the religious foundations of the modern work ethic. It concludes with a succinct comparison of the three analyses of modern society.

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Product Details

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  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.4in x 8.5in
  • Reviews

    Hadden's clear presentation of the often complex arguments of the classic European sociologists is most welcome. Although designed for the undergraduate student, this handy volume can be profitably read as a refresher by the professional sociologist as well.


    Carol Copp, California State University
  • Author Information

    The late Richard W. Hadden was Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. He is author of the award-winning On the Shoulders of Merchants: Exchange and the Mathematical Conception of Nature in Early Modern Europe (State University of New York, 1994).

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Introduction 

    1.  Enlightenment, Conservative Reaction, Comte, and Spencer 

    Enlightenment
    Conservative Reaction
    Auguste Comte
    The Law of Three Stages
    The Positive Philosophy
    The Positive Polity
    Herbert Spencer 

    2. Karl Marx

    Critique of the Critics of Consciousness
    From the Critique of Consciousness to the Critique of Political Economy
    The Analysis of Capitalist Society
    The Labour Theory of Value
    The Fetishism of Commodities
    Surplus-Value
    Capital, Contradiction, Crisis, and State 

    3. Emile Durkheim

    Consciousness, Law, and the History of Solidarity
    Sociological Method
    Suicide
    Sociology, Morality, Education, and Religion
    Science and Religion—Authority and Society 

    4. Max Weber

    Approach and Assumptions: A Sociological Reading of History
    Action, Domination, and Legitimacy
    Rational-Legal Authority and Bureaucracy
    Traditional Domination and Authority
    Charismatic Authority
    Class, Status, and Party
    Religion, Action, and Modern Rationality 

    Conclusion: Modernity, Reason, and the Legacy of Classical Social Theory 

    References

    Index

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