The Discovery of Society

Paperback | March 30, 2009

byRandall Collins, Michael Makowsky

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This classic text explores the lives and ideas of the social thinkers who have shaped and continue to forge traditions in sociology. Focusing on the great names in the field, it weaves biographical and conceptual details into a tapestry of the history of social thought of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written in a narrative style that is accessible and exciting, this text serves as an excellent supplement for courses in social and sociological theory, the history of social thought, the history of sociology, and introduction to sociology.

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This classic text explores the lives and ideas of the social thinkers who have shaped and continue to forge traditions in sociology. Focusing on the great names in the field, it weaves biographical and conceptual details into a tapestry of the history of social thought of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written in a narrative style that i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.1 × 6.3 × 0.4 inPublished:March 30, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Society and Illusion

Chapter 1. The Prophets of Paris: Saint-Simon and Comte

Chapter 2. Sociology in the Underground: Karl Marx

Chapter 3. The Last Gentleman: Alexis de Tocqueville

Chapter 4. Nietzsche's Madness

Chapter 5. Do-Gooders, Evolutionists and Racists

Chapter 6: Dreyfus' Empire: Emile Durkheim

Chapter 7: Max Weber: The Disenchantment of the World

Chapter 8: Sigmund Freud: Conquistador of the Irrational

Chapter 9: The Discovery of the Invisible World: Simmel, Cooley and Mead

Chapter 10. The Discovery of the Ordinary World: Thomas, Park, and the Chicago School

Chapter 11. The Emergence of African-American Sociology: DuBois, Frazier, Drake and Cayton

Chapter 12. The Construction of the Social System: Pareto and Parsons

Chapter 13. Hitler's Shadow: Mannheim and Mills

Chapter 14. Erving Goffman and the Theatre of Social Encounters

Chapter 15. Cultural Capital, Revolution, the World-system, and Globalization: the Theories of Pierre Bourdieu, Theda Skocpol, and Immanuel Wallerstein

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