The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists

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George Ritzer
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Social Science - 448 pages
The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists provides a comprehensive review of classical social theory. Containing original essays especially commissioned for this volume, leading experts and practitioners examine the life and work of 12 major theorists.
  • Includes 12 original essays by leading scholars on major classical social theorists
  • Covers the key figures who shaped social theory, such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim, as well as additional classical theorists such as Harriet Martineau and W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Essays include biographical sketches, the social and intellectual context, and the impact of the thinker's work on social theory generally
  • Includes bibliographies of the theorist's most important works as well as key secondary works
  • Can be used in conjunction with The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists, edited by George Ritzer, for a complete reference source in social theory
 

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Contents

Introduction Narratives Geistesgeschichtes and the History of Social Theory
1
1 Auguste Comte
13
2 Harriet Martineau
41
3 Herbert Spencer
69
4 Karl Marx
93
5 Max Weber
132
6 Émile Durkheim
193
7 Georg Simmel
239
8 Charlotte Perkins Gilman
267
9 George Herbert Mead
290
10 W E B Du Bois
333
11 Alfred Schutz
355
12 Talcott Parsons
376
Index
421
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George Ritzer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He has chaired both the Theoretical and the Organizations and Occupations sections of the American Sociological Association, and authored more than 25 books, including Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society (1995), The McDonaldization of Society: An Investigation into the Changing Character of Contemporary Social Life (1995), Classical Sociological Theory (second edition, 1995), and The McDonaldization Thesis: Explorations and Extensions (1998).

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