Four Sociological Traditions

Paperback | March 1, 1994

byRandall Collins

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The updated version of Collins's critically-acclaimed Three Sociological Traditions, this text presents a concise intellectual history of sociology organized around the development of four classic schools of thought: the conflict tradition of Marx and Weber, the ritual solidarity of Durkheim,the microinteractionist tradition of Mead, Blumer, and Garfinkel, and--new to this edition--the utilitarian/rational choice tradition. Collins, one of the liveliest and most exciting writers in sociology today, traces the intellectual highlights of these four main schools from classical theories tocurrent developments, introducing the roots of sociology and indicating the areas where progress has been made in our understanding, the areas where controversy still exists, and the direction in which sociology is headed.

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This book is text presents a concise intellectual history of sociology organized around the development of four classic schools of thought:

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The updated version of Collins's critically-acclaimed Three Sociological Traditions, this text presents a concise intellectual history of sociology organized around the development of four classic schools of thought: the conflict tradition of Marx and Weber, the ritual solidarity of Durkheim,the microinteractionist tradition of Mead, B...

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This book is text presents a concise intellectual history of sociology organized around the development of four classic schools of thought:

Randall Collins is at University of California, Riverside.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 5.39 × 7.91 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195082087

ISBN - 13:9780195082081

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Rise of the Social SciencesSocial Thought in the Agrarian EmpiresMedieval Universities Create the Modern IntellectualEconomics: the First Social ScienceThe Rise of Public Schools and the University RevolutionThe Development of the Disciplines1. The Conflict TraditionThe Pivotal Position of Karl MarxFriedrich Engels, the Sociologist in the ShadowsMax Weber and the Multidimensional Theory of StratificationThe Twentieth Century Intermingles Marxian and Weberian IdeasAPPENDIX: Simmel, Coser, and Functionalist Conflict Theory2. The Rational/Utilitarian TraditionThe Original Rise and Fall of Utilitarian PhilosophyBringing the Individual Back InSociology Discovers Sexual and Marriage MarketsThree Applications of Sociological Markets: Educational Inflation, Split Labor Markets, Illegal GoodsThe Paradoxes and Limits of RationalityProposed Rational Solutions for Creating Social Solidarity Economics Invades Sociology, and Vice VersaThe Rational Theory of the StateThe New Utilitarian Policy Science3. The Durkheimian TraditionSociology as the Science of Social OrderTwo Wings: The Macro TraditionThe Second Wing: The Lineage of Social AnthropologyRitual Exchange Networks: The Micro/Macro LinkageThe Future of the Durkheimian Tradition4. The Microinteractionist TraditionA Native American SociologyThe Pragmatism of Charles Sanders PeirceSociety Is in The Mind: CooleyGeorge Herbert Mead's Sociology of ThinkingBlumer Creates Symbolic InteractionismThe Sociology of Consciousness: Husserl, Schutz, and GarfinkelErving Goffman's CounterattackA Summing UpNotesEpilogueBibliographyIndex

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This book is text presents a concise intellectual history of sociology organized around the development of four classic schools of thought:

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"The author writes in an accessible, chatty style, without condescension toward his readers. Collins unique perspective is reflected most clearly in the individual theorists he chooses to deify, vilify, or ignore altogether. This book will provide and engaging, controversial, and evenentertaining overview of sociological theory."--CHristine L. Williams, University of Texas, Austin