The Making of Social Theory: Order, Reason, and Desire

Paperback | January 7, 2010

byAnthony Thomson

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The Making of Social Theory: Order, Reason, and Desire, second edition, chronicles the development of Western ideas about society and social life from the medieval period through to the rise of modern sociology in the early twentieth century. Theories are examined within a historical socialcontext to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the social circumstances in which various sociological ideologies arose. The new second edition retains its unique coverage of pre-Enlightenment ideas and features new material on Marxism in the twenty century and a chapter dedicated totracing the evolution of social democracy through Pareto and Mannheim. Taking a uniquely interdisciplinary approach, The Making of Social Theory examines the links between the classical and contemporary worlds, allowing students to see how classical social theory has helped to shape the ideas oftoday.

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The Making of Social Theory: Order, Reason, and Desire, second edition, chronicles the development of Western ideas about society and social life from the medieval period through to the rise of modern sociology in the early twentieth century. Theories are examined within a historical socialcontext to provide students with an in-depth u...

Anthony Thomson is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University. He earned his MA from Dalhousie and his PhD from Cambridge in 1984. Thomson is an experienced writer, having published previously with Canadian Scholars Press. In addition to social theory, his areas of interest cover the Nova Scotian labour...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.96 inPublished:January 7, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195430301

ISBN - 13:9780195430301

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Unmaking of Traditional SocietyPart One: From Reason to Revolution1. Enlightenment and Revolution: Rousseau and Wollstonecraft2. The Conservative Reaction and Romanticism3. Democracy and Social LiberalismPart Two: From Social Philosophy to Social Science4. French Positivism and German Idealism5. Karl Marx6. Fin de Siecle Social Thought: Feminism, Decadence, and Nietzsche7. Emile Durkheim8. Max WeberPart Three: From Certainty to Doubt9. Emancipation and Pragmatism: Du Bois, Dewey, and Mead10. The Individual and Society: Simmel and Freud11. Early Twentieth-Century Marxism: The Russian Revolution and Gramsci12. Elites and Social Democracy: From Pareto to Mannheim13. ConclusionGlossaryNotesIndex