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Classical Sociological Theory and Foundations of American Sociology

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Allison L. Hurst, Oregon State University

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Oregon State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Cara Berg Powers, Instructor, Worcester State University on 6/29/21

Primarily focused on Marx, Engels, Durkheim, and Weber, there is also a section on Early American theorists, which does make an attempt to indicate the ways in which the European theorists' work laid the groundwork for the work of US theorists... read more

Table of Contents

  • I. Marx and Engels
  • II. Durkheim
  • III. Weber
  • IV. Early American Sociology

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  • About the Book

    There are a few major themes that come up over and over again during the course of classical sociological theory’s development. All three classical theorists were writing at a time when sociology was a new and emerging discipline. This new discipline was called forth by momentous social changes taking place in European (and American) society during this time period. These changes were related to the rise of capitalism, industrialization, and new political representation for the majority of people (or, at least, a desire for such by many). Calls for socialism emerged as a response to recognition of new social divisions. Each of the three theorists you will read here weighed in on these historical changes, theorizing the contours and dynamics of this new “modern” society.

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    Allison L. Hurst, Oregon State University

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