Classical Sociological Theory

Paperback | October 26, 2006

EditorMichael S. Kimmel

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In an accessible and thoughtful manner, this anthology--an update of Social and Political Theory: Classical Readings (1998)--introduces students to the key classic texts in social thought. In the second edition, Michael Kimmel focuses more specifically on the discipline of sociology, ratherthan melding classical sociological and political theories in one volume. Taking a serious look at the canonical texts, he presents a diverse range of thinkers who were critical to the development of sociological theory and offers a more inclusive classical canon that is informed by both thehistorical record and the needs of contemporary students.Many of the classical theorists whose works are included here were much more influential than the canon suggested. For example, the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, and W.E.B Du Bois were widely disseminated and discussed in their time, yet they were pushed tothe margins of the canon, declared to be derivative or second-rate. In attempting to set the record a bit straighter, Kimmel restores these and other forgotten thinkers to the positions they once held. The questions they posed are among the most vital theoretical and political questions of our era,evidence that classical social and political theory continues to speak to new generations of students about the issues that most affect their lives. Features new to the second edition:* Selections of key texts by Auguste Comte (Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte); Edmund Burke (Reflections on the Revolution in France); John Dewey (Democracy and Education); and Elsie Clews Parsons (Women in Public Life) * Stronger disciplinary focus within sociologyClassical Social Theory, Second Edition, is an ideal text for courses in the theory of sociology, the history of social theory, the history of political thought, and western philosophy.

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In an accessible and thoughtful manner, this anthology--an update of Social and Political Theory: Classical Readings (1998)--introduces students to the key classic texts in social thought. In the second edition, Michael Kimmel focuses more specifically on the discipline of sociology, ratherthan melding classical sociological and politi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.4 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:October 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPART ONE: THE RISE OF SOCIETY, THE MARKET, AND THE STATEThomas Hobbes, Selections from LeviathanJohn Locke, Selections from Two Treatises on GovernmentJean-Jacques Rousseau, Selections from The Social Contract or Principles of Political RightThomas Jefferson, The Declaration of IndependenceLetter to John AdamsAdam Smith, Selections from The Wealth of NationsEdmund Burke, Selections from Reflections on the Revolution in FranceThomas Paine, Selections from The Rights of Man"An Occassional Letter on the Female Sex"Mary Wollstonecraft, Selections from A Vindication of the Rights of ManSelections from A Vindication of the Rights of WomanJohn Stuart Mill, Selections from On LibertySelections from The Subjection of WomenHarriet Martineau, Selections from Society in AmericaPART TWO: THE CRITIQUE OF CAPITALIST PRODUCTION, INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY, AND THE DEMOCRATIC STATEAuguste Comte, Selections from Positive Philosophy of Auguste ComteFrederick Douglass, Selections from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself"The Rights of Women"Margaret Fuller, Selections from Woman in the Nineteenth CenturyKarl Marx (and Engels), "Theses on Feuerbach"Selections from A Contribution to the Critique of Political EconomySelections from Manifesto of the Communist PartySelections from Wage Labour and Capitalatilda Joslyn Gage, Selections from Woman, Church, and StateMax Weber, "Class, Status, Party" (from Economy and Society)"Bureaucracy" (from Economy and Society)"Sociology of Charismatic Authority" (from Economy and Society)"The Meaning of Discipline" (from Economy and Society)Emile Durkheim, Selections from The Division of Labor in SocietySelections from he Elementary Forms of The Religious LifePART THREE: THE CRITIQUE OF CONSUMPTION, RATIONALITY, AND IMPERIALISMSigmund Freud, "The Dissection of the Psychical Personality"Selections from roup Psychology and the Analysis of the EgoSelections from Civilization and Its DiscontentsGeorg Simmel, Selections from Sociology: "The Web of Group-Affiliations"Lester Ward, Selections from Pure Sociology"Our Better Halves"Thorstein Veblen, Selections from he Theory of the Leisure Class"The Economic Theory of Woman's Dress"W. E. B. DuBois, Selections from The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and SketchesSelections from Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil"Votes for Women"Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Selections from Women and EconomicsJohn Dewey, Selections from Democracy and EducationElsie Clews Parsons, Selections from Women in Public LifeVirginia Woolf, Selections from Three Guineas