Classical Social Theory: An Introduction to the Thought of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byIan Craib

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Ian Craib compellingly shows the value of studying classic thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel alongside the more popular contemporary questions. Providing an account of the key ideas of classical social theory, Dr Craib establishes their relevance today, their enduringsignificance, and their contribution to understanding contemporary problems. Written in a direct, personal style, Classical Social Theory's thematic structure helps the reader compare the theorists systematically, and the book-by-book approach pays close attention to each thinker's key texts, quoting the most important passages and analysing them in a clear, straightforwardway. Other student-friendly features include: * biographical details and an elementary overview of the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel * Dramatis Personae with brief details of the life and thought of other relevant thinkers * Glossary covering important terms and phrases used in the text Classical Social Theory is an indispensable guide to the key thinkers in Sociology for anyone new to the subject.

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Ian Craib compellingly shows the value of studying classic thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel alongside the more popular contemporary questions. Providing an account of the key ideas of classical social theory, Dr Craib establishes their relevance today, their enduringsignificance, and their contribution to understandi...

The late Dr Ian Craib was Reader in Sociology, University of Essex. He was also author of Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1984).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"We appreciate the presence of a summary inside every chapter, and, at the end of the bool a precious analytical index of the concepts as well as a short biography of the authors who are quoted in the book. But it above all the in the text that we appreciate Craib's ability to synthesise...Thebook's orginality lies also in the fact that the four authors are studies in parallel, centred around three main topis: the view of society and the paradigm to study it; the analysis of the social structure; the history and the social change. The reader is helped by a summary of the line of argumentin each chapter and many diagrams", Felice Dassetto, Recherches Sociologique, 1998/2. Relegion et sante