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Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition

Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition

by John Bratton, David Denham

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Overview

Most texts on classical social theory offer exhaustive coverage of every possible theorist, making it difficult to use the book in one semester. Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition represents a departure from this approach by offering solid coverage of the classical triumvirate (Marx, Durkheim, and Weber), but also extending the canon strategically to include Simmel, four early female theorists, and the writings of Du Bois. The result is a manageable, but thorough, examination of the key classical theorists.

The second edition has been updated throughout and includes two new chapters: one on Weber and rationalization, and one on Du Bois and his writings on race. A new concluding chapter links classical theory to current developments in capitalism during an age of austerity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442606555
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 01/24/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

John Bratton is Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, and Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK.

David Denham is an Honourarium Research Fellow at Wolverhampton University, England, where he taught a wide variety of sociology courses over a career of 35 years.

Table of Contents

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
5. Karl Marx: Theory of History
6. Karl Marx: Economics of Capitalism
7. Émile Durkheim: The Division of Labour in Society
8. Émile Durkheim: The Rules of Sociological Method and On Suicide
9. Émile Durkheim: Religion and Education
10. Max Weber: Methodology
11. Max Weber: Capitalism and Society
12. Max Weber: Rationalization and the Limits of Rationality

Part III: Expanding the Canon
13. Georg Simmel on Modernity
14. Gender and Social Theory
15. W.E.B. Du Bois on Race

Part IV: What Relevance Now?
16. Concluding Thoughts on the Classical Canon

Further Reading and Sources
Index

What People are Saying About This

Jennifer Kelly

In this new edition, Bratton and Denham have added an analysis of Du Bois's theorization of self in relation to other, making it clear why Du Bois should be regarded as central to our understanding of race and classical social theory.

From the Publisher

An engaging, insightful, and comprehensive introduction to classical sociological theory, highlighting the enduring relevance of classical thinkers for making sense of the complexities of the modern world.

In this new edition, Bratton and Denham have added an analysis of Du Bois's theorization of self in relation to other, making it clear why Du Bois should be regarded as central to our understanding of race and classical social theory.This book offers an interesting discussion of the development of sociological theory, with a specific emphasis on the ways that capitalism shaped the field of sociology during its early years...Its presentation of the social, historical, and economic context from which early sociological theory emerged is exemplary: detailed, thorough, and compelling.

Zaheer Baber

An engaging, insightful, and comprehensive introduction to classical sociological theory, highlighting the enduring relevance of classical thinkers for making sense of the complexities of the modern world.

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