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This comprehensive examination of classical sociological theory introduces readers to the life, times, and ideas of the figures who have had the greatest influence on the development of the field. Readers will enjoy the background information on each theorist covered in the book, including such interesting highlights as Comte's days in military school, the death of Durkheim's son in World War I, Spencer's inability to commit to marriage, and Hegel's illegitimate son. Taking a critical and reflexive approach, Sociologcal Theory also discusses how classical theory affects sociology today.
Table of contents
1. Ideology, History, and Classical Sociological Theory.
2. The Nature and Types of Sociological Theory.
3. (Isidore) Auguste Marie François-Xavier Comte.
4. (David) Emile Durkheim.
5. Herbert Spencer.
6. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
7. Karl Marx.
8. Max Weber.
9. Georg Simmel.
10. Sigmund Freud.
11. Vilfredo Pareto.
12. Thorstein Bunde Veblen.
13. George Herbert Mead.
14. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.
15. The Paradoxical Failure of Classical Sociological Theory: A Concluding Essay.
Appendix: Classical Theory on the Web.
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