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Reclaiming the Sociological Classics: The State of the Scholarship

Reclaiming the Sociological Classics: The State of the Scholarship

Charles Camic (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-577-18030-2

Jan 1998, Wiley-Blackwell

316 pages

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This volume is a collection of original essays by sociologists and intellectual historians who have been leading figures in recent scholarship on the classical sociological theorists.
List of Contributors.

Introduction: Classical Sociological Theory as a Field of Research: Charles Camic (University of Wisconsin at Madison).

1. A New Look at Auguste Comte: Mary Pickering (San Jose State University).

2. Rethinking Marx: Moishe Postone (University of Chicago).

3. Spencer and His Critics: Valerie A. Haines (University of Calgary).

4. Classical Social Theory with the Women Founders Included: Lynn MacDonald (University of Guelph).

5. The Other Durkheim: History and Theory in the Treatment of Classical Sociological Thought: Robert Alun Jones (University of Illinois at Urbana).

6. Simmel Reappraised: Old Images, New Scholarship: Donald N. Levine (University of Chicago).

7. Max Weber's Sociology: Research Strategies and Modes of Analysis: Stephen Karlberg (Boston University).

8. W. I. Thomas and Robert E. Park: Conceptualizing, Theorizing, and Investigating Social Process: Martin Bulmer (University of Surrey).

9. George Herbert Mead and the Renaissance of American Pragmatism in Social Theory: Hans Joas (University of Berlin).

10. Acclaiming the Reclaimers: the Trials of Writing Sociology History: Alan Sica (Pennsylvania State University).


"This is the most enjoyable and important book on social theory that I have read in a long time." BSA Network October 1998
* A collection of original essays by leading figures on the state of the scholarship in classical theory.
* Combines revisionist and presentist approaches to reclaiming sociologys rich intellectual past.
* Dispels longstanding stereotypes about the lives and works of classical theorists and proposes major revisionist reinterpretations of their thought.