In this third edition of Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, John Bratton and David Denham build on the classical triumvirate-Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber-by extending the conversation to include early female theorists such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as well as the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois and G.H. Mead. Connecting current headlines in the political mainstream to concepts like alienation, anomie, class, gender, race, and the environment, Capitalism and Classical Social Theory sheds light on how classical social theories may be applied and understood within a contemporary context. This revised and expanded third edition features topical discussions of socio-economic shifts in the post-Trump and post-Brexit world and uses original excerpts and additional readings to further contextualize the significance of classical social theory today.
In this book, two experts on classical social theory explain why we must find context in the works of classical thinkers to better understand the complexities of today's issues.
Acknowledgements Preface PART I: Context 1. Introduction: Why Classical Social Theory? 2. Modernity and Social Theory 3. European Enlightenment and Early Social Thought PART II: The Classical Triumvirate 4. Karl Marx: Philosophy and Methodology 5. Karl Marx: Theory of History 6. Karl Marx: Economics of Capitalism 7. Emile Durkheim: The Division of Labour in Society 8. Emile Durkheim: The Rules of Sociological Method and On Suicide 9. Emile Durkheim: Religion and Education 10. Max Weber: Methodology 11. Max Weber: Capitalism and Modernity 12. Max Weber: Social Classes and Legitimate Domination\ PART III: Expanding the Canon 13. Gender and Social Theory 14. W.E.B. Du Bois on Race 15. G.H. Mead on Self and Society PART IV: Classical Social Theory Today 16. Concluding Thoughts on the Classical Canon Further Reading and Sources Index
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