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Classical Sociological Theory: A Reader.
The Classical Sociological Theory cover image Edited by Ian McIntosh.
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: Edinburgh University Press, ©1997.
"Over the years, many textbooks have been written about the troika of sociological geniuses, Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Too often, however, these works have been mere distillations of the views of the great thinkers. They did not intend nor could they hope to capture the subtleties and nuances of the original texts.
With the publication of Ian McIntosh's Classical Sociological Theory: A Reader, extracts of the most relevant and noteworthy works of the classical sociological thinkers are available for the first time in a single volume. Here we find lengthy excerpts from Marx's Communist Manifesto and The German Ideology, Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Durkheim's The Division of Labour in Society and Suicide: A Study in Sociology. Generous portions of fifteen other texts are included here, as well as selected correspondence of Karl Marx.
Each extract is prefaced by an introduction which provides the reader with essential background information on each author's Weltanschauung, without telling the student what to think or encapsulating the excerpt to follow. Brief biographies of the principals and guides for further reading provide the student with a frame of reference for the texts.
Classical Sociological Theory: A Reader is not a replacement for the full texts in the original. It is, however, an enticement, whetting the appetite for further exploration of the masters of sociological thought." - (publisher's description)
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Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text and Readings.
Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Text and Readings cover image By Scott Appelrouth and Laura Desfor Edles.
Los Angeles, CA: Pine Forge Press, ©2008.
"This hybrid of text and readings combines the major writings of sociology's core classical and contemporary theories with a historical as well as theoretical framework for understanding them. This approach provides students with the analytical guidance necessary to interpret the readings." "This book uses a metatheoretical framework allows students to examine, compare, and contrast each theorist's major themes and concepts and offers pedagogical devices and visual aids to summarize key concepts, illuminate complex ideas, and provoke student interest. This text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses combining classical and contemporary sociological theory." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 586 .A66 2008

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The Classical Tradition in Sociology: The American Tradition.
The Classical Tradition in Sociology: The American Tradition cover image Edited by Jeffrey Alexander, Raymond Boudon, and Mohamed Cherkaoui.
London, England; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, ©1997.
"Encompassing four volumes, this is a comprehensive guide and reassessment of the American tradition from the 18th century to today: from Franklin to Etzioni. It seeks to demonstrate how Americans have left a mark on sociological theory and method: from the American Enlightenment, through to the contributions of the Chicago School, Parsons, Goffman, Functionalism, Garfinkel and radical-critical theory." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 22 .U5 C53 1997

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The Classical Tradition in Sociology: The European Tradition.
The Classical Tradition in Sociology: The European Tradition cover image Edited by Raymond Boudon, Mohamed Cherkaoui, and Jeffrey Alexander.
London, England; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, ©1997.
"This four-volume set presents an unrivalled collection of the key literature in European sociology. The prestigious texts range across the European tradition from enlightenment to contemporary theory. The collection explodes the myth that the European tradition in sociology is a debate with the ghosts of Karl Marx and Max Weber, demonstrating that the tradition is far more deeply rooted and broadly based." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 22 .E85 C43 1997

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The Communist Manifesto: New Interpretations; including, The Manifesto of the Communist Party.
The Communist Manifesto: New Interpretations; including, The Manifesto of the Communist Party cover image Edited by Mark Cowling; translated by Terrell Carver.
Washington Square, NY: New York University Press and Edinburgh, Scotland. UK: Edinburgh University Press, 1998.
"Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the original publication of The Communist Manifesto in 1848, and including the Manifesto's complete text, The Communist Manifesto: New Interpretations is an ideal, one-stop text for students studying Marxism at the graduate or undergraduate level.
Organized into four sections covering issues of text and context, revolution, the working class and other social groups, and the relevance of the Manifesto today, this one-of-a-kind anthology provides a historical background to the writing of the Manifesto, highlights the main political and philosophical issues raised in the text, and expands current debates about the relevance of the text to contemporary politics. Including contributions from such highly regarded scholars as Terrell Carver, John Hoffman, and Wal Suchting, The Communist Manifesto: New Interpretations is a well-timed contribution to ongoing discussions about the Manifesto and Marxism." - (publisher's description)
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- - HX 39.5 .A523 C66 1998

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Defending the Durkheimian Tradition: Religion, Emotion and Morality.
Defending the Durkheimian Tradition: Religion, Emotion and Morality cover image By Jonathan S. Fish.
Aldershot, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, ©2005.
Series: Rethinking Classical Sociology.
"This book provides an accessible and wide-ranging guide to the development of classical and contemporary Durkheimian thought. Jonathan Fish offers a re-reading of the writings of Emile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons on religion. He aims to move beyond rationalistic readings which have neglected the key significance of collective human emotion in Durkheim's accounts of the link between society, religion and morality. He goes on to look at the development of these ideas in the work of Parsons and more recent Durkheimian thinkers." - (publisher's description)
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- - BL 60 .F57 2005

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The Division of Labor in Society.
The Division of Labor in Society cover image By Emile Durkheim. Translated by George Simpson.
Glencoe,IL: Free Press, ©1933.
"Although the concept of "division of labor" appears in social thought as early as Plato, and is crucial in the work of Adam Smith, Comte, Marx and Spencer, there can be no doubt that modern sociological interest in the division of labor begins with Durkheim. It is the concept that is most firmly associated with his name and remains a classic work to this day." - (publisher's description)
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- - HD 51 D8

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The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life: A Study in Religious Sociology.
The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life: A Study in Religious Sociology cover image By Emile Durkheim. Translated from the French by Joseph Ward Swain.
London, UK: G. Allen & Unwin; Macmillan, 1915.
"In The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), Emile Durkheim sets himself the task of discovering the enduring source of human social identity. He investigates what he considered to be the simplest form of documented religion - totemism among the Aborigines of Australia. For Durkheim, studying Aboriginal religion was a way 'to yield an understanding of the religious nature of man, by showing us an essential and permanent aspect of humanity'. The need and capacity of men and women to relate to one another socially lies at the heart of Durkheim's exploration, in which religion embodies the beliefs that shape our moral universe.
The Elementary Forms has been applauded and debated by sociologists, anthropologists, ethnographers, philosophers, and theologians, and continues to speak to new generations about the intriguing origin and nature of religion and society." - (publisher's description)
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- - GN 470 .D9 1915a

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Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World.
Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World cover image Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, ©2005.
"Written in a conversational tone that lifts the veil of theoretical jargon. Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory introduces students to the major classical theorists, including Marx, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Schutz, Gilman, and Du Bois. This text focuses on the individual perspective of each theorist rather than schools of thought, and uses the provocative ideas of modernity and postmodernity to help students understand how the theoretical, historical perspectives apply to their own time period." "Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory is a comprehensive, accessible textbook for undergraduate students studying sociological theory." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 445 .A45 2005

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For Durkheim: Essays in Historical and Cultural Sociology.
For Durkheim: Essays in Historical and Cultural Sociology cover image By Edward A. Tiryakian.
Farnham, England, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, ©2009.
Series: Rethinking Classical Sociology.
"For Durkheim" is a timely and original contribution to the debate about Durkheim at a time when his concerns on ethics, morality and civil religion have much relevance for our own troubled and divided society. It includes two new essays from Edward A. Tiryakian's collection on the Danish Muhammad cartoons and September 11th, providing contemporary relevance to the debate and an analytical and interpretive introduction indicating the ongoing importance of Durkheim within sociology. This indispensable volume for all serious Durkheim scholars includes English translations of papers previously published in French for the first time, and will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists, social historians and those interested in critical questions of modernity." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 465 .T57 2009

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The German Ideology, parts I & III.
The German Ideology cover image By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels; edited with an introduction by R. Pascal.
New York, NY: International publishers, ©1939.
Series: Marxist library: Works of Marxism-Leninism, v.6.
"Originally published by the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow in 1939. "The German Ideology" was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels circa 1846, but published later. The original edition was divided into three parts. Part I, the most significant, is perhaps the classic statement of the Marxist theory of history and his much cited "materialist conception of history". Since its first publication, Marxist scholars have found Part I "The German Ideology" particularly valuable since it is perhaps the most comprehensive statement of Marx's theory of history stated at such length and detail. Part II consisted of many satirically written polemics against Bruno Bauer, other Young Hegelians, and Max Stirner. These polemical and highly partisan sections of the "German Ideology" have not been reproduced in this edition. We reprint Parts I & Parts III only. Part III treats Marx & Engels' conception of true socialism and is reprinted in its entirety." - (publisher's description)
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- - HX 276 .M2782 1939

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Great Minds: Encounters with Social Theory.
Great Minds: Encounters with Social Theory cover image By Gianfranco Poggi and Giuseppe Sciortino.
Stanford, CA: Stanford Social Sciences, 2011.
Translation of: Incontri Con il Pensiero Sociologico.
"Modern social thought is largely the intellectual product of a number of "great minds." Revisiting the central theories of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Parsons, Goffman, Garfinkel, and Luhmann, this text introduces readers to a select group of thinkers who have made significant, distinctive, and controversial contributions to the development of modern social theory.
Offering a careful selection of primary sources that encourage direct engagement with the writings, Poggi and Sciortino emphasize the theoretical insights and problems that remain valuable to discussions of social theory today. Each chapter introduces key ideas, whether classical or contemporary, through a discussion of each theorist's contribution to the exploration of the human actors and the consequences, potentialities, and vulnerabilities embedded in social relationships. Great Minds was originally published in Italian. This first-ever English-language edition includes a new final chapter on the work of Luhmann." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 435 .P6413 2011

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Malthus, Darwin, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Ibn Khaldûn: On Human Species Survival.
Malthus, Darwin, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Ibn Khaldûn: On Human Species Survival cover image By Walter L. Wallace.
New York, NY: Gordian Knot Books, ©2009.
"This book presents unique, critical, summaries of major works that the author proposes as the core classical sociological theory (Emile Durkheim's), as the three main supplementary classical sociological theories (Karl Marx's, Max Weber's, and Abdurahman Muhammad Ibn Khaldun's), and as two key precursor theories (Thomas Malthus's and Charles Darwin's).
The author discusses, using many supporting quotations from the originals, themes from Darwin's The Origin of Species; Malthus's First Essay on Population; Durkheim's The Division of Labor in Society, Suicide, Moral Education, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, and The Rules of Sociological Method; Marx's Capital, The Communist Manifesto, The German Ideology, and Wage Labor and Capital; Weber's Economy and Society, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, and The Methodology of the Social Sciences; and Ibn Khaldun's The Muqaddimah, together with works that employ the same basic theme as the latter that originated as part of 20th century Western sociology.
Darwin introduced the concept of "natural selection," that is, the non-foresightful, non-preparatory, and therefore probabilistically reactive, survival mechanism whereby a single hypothetically original life species has survived on Earth by differentiating itself into the hundreds of millions of species that have existed so far (most of which have already gone extinct). Malthus, however, had already introduced the idea of a proactive theory that would anticipate and prepare our species to meet survival threats before they actually occur.
The central question of this book, then, is What do the theories examined here contribute to our eventually constructing a sociological theory that would participate in identifying, forecasting, and preparing our descendants to meet future threats to human species survival?." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 585 .W35 2009

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Moral Education: A Study in the Theory and Application of the Sociology of Education.
Moral Education: A Study in the Theory and Application of the Sociology of Education cover image By Emile Durkheim. Foreword by Paul Fauconnet. Translated by Everett K. Wilson and Herman Schnurer. Edited, with an introduction, by Everett K. Wilson.
New York, NY: Free Press of Glencoe, 1961.
"Eighteen lectures by an influential theorist who discusses school as an appropriate setting for moral education. A pioneer of sociology, Durkheim explains the first element in fostering morality as the development of a sense of discipline, followed by a willingness to behave in accordance with collective interest, and a sense of autonomy." - (publisher's description)
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- - LC 262 .D813

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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, New edition.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism cover image By Max Weber. Translated by Talcott Parsons; with a foreword by R.H. Tawney.
New York, NY: Scribner, ©1958.
"Max Weber's best-known and most controversial work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, first published in 1904, remains to this day a powerful and fascinating read. Weber's highly accessible style is just one of many reasons for his continuing popularity. The book contends that the protestant ethic made possible and encouraged the development of capitalism in the West." - (publisher's description)
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- - BR 115 .E3 W4 1958

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The Protestant Ethic Turns 100: Essays on the Centenary of the Weber Thesis.
The Protestant Ethic Turns 100: Essays on the Centenary of the Weber Thesis cover image Edited by William H. Swatos, Jr. and Lutz Kaelber.
Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, ©2005.
"Marking the centennial anniversary of the first publication of Max Weber's 'Protestant Ethic' essays, a group of internationally recognized Weber scholars review the significance of Weber's essays by addressing their original context, historical reception, and ongoing relevance. Lawrence Scaff, Hartmut Lehmann, Philip Gorski, Stephen Kalberg, Martin Riesebrodt, Donald Nielsen, Peter Kivisto, and the editors offer original perspectives that engage Weber's indelible work so as to inform current issues central to sociology, history, religious studies, political science, economics, and cultural studies." - (publisher's description)
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- - BR 115 .E3 P733 2005

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The Rules of Sociological Method, 8th Edition.
By Emile Durkheim. Translated by Sarah A. Solovay and John H. Mueller, and edited by George E. G. Catlin.
Glencoe, IL: Free Press, 1958, ©1938.
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- - HM 24 .D962 1938

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Suicide: A Study in Sociology.
Suicide: A Study in Sociology cover image By Emile Durkheim. Translated by John A. Spaulding and George Simpson. Edited, with an introduction, by George Simpson
New York, NY: Free Press, 1951.
"Even for the psychoanalytically oriented reader this book holds more than merely historical interest. One cannot help being impressed by the wealth of knowledge and the perspicacity revealed in it, and there have certainly been few more compact presentations of socio-psychological problems, Psychoanalysts no less than sociologists, will find the study of Durkheim's book instructive and rewarding. The editor and translators are to be commended for making the work available in an excellent and remarkably lucid translation." - (excerpt from a review in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly)
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- - HV 6545 .D812

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Understanding Classical Sociology: Marx, Weber, Durkheim, 2nd edition.
Understanding Classical Sociology: Marx, Weber, Durkheim cover image By John A. Hughes, Wes W. Sharrock, and Peter J. Martin.
London, UK; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, ©2003.
"This is a fully updated and expanded new edition of the successful undergraduate text. Providing a lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the authors submit that these figures have decisively shaped the discipline. They show how the classical apparatus is in use, even though it is being directed in new ways in response to the changing character of society." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 447 .H825 2003

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists.
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists cover image Edited by George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky.
Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Series: Blackwell Companions to Sociology; 27.
"Reflecting emerging research and ongoing reassessments of social theory, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists offers significant updates and revisions to the original Blackwell Companion published a decade ago. Volume I: Major Classical Theorists presents 18 comprehensive essays on social theorists writing in the classical tradition, more than half all-new for this Companion, written by some of the most eminent contemporary scholars in their field. In addition to detailing the make-up and development of specific social theories, each essay places the theorist and their ideas in personal, social, and historical context; and integrates the most current scholarship to offer assessments as to their continuing relevance. Well-known theorists such as Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Schutz, and Parsons are represented, as well as theorists historically excluded from the sociological canon, including Ibn Khaldun, Martineau, Gilman, and Du Bois. Other essays consider a set of classical theorists chosen for their particular relevance to contemporary theory: de Tocqueville on democracy, Schumpeter on capitalism, Mannheim on the sociology of knowledge, Veblen on consumer society, and Adorno on cultural theory. Edited by one of the most renowned figures in social theory, the Wiley-Blackwell Companion is an indispensable resource and reference to the life and times of the classical thinkers and their relevance to modern theorists and today's social world." - (publisher's description)
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- - HM 478 .B583 2011

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Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology.
Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology cover image By George Ritzer.
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Series: Blackwell Companions to Sociology.
"Features original essays contributed by an international cast of leading and emerging sociology scholars. This work represents the most innovative and 'state-of-the-art' thinking about the discipline. Includes a general introduction and section introductions with essay summaries by the editor." - (publisher's description)
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