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Classical Sociological Theory

Second Edition

Edited by Michael S. Kimmel

Publication Date - October 2006

ISBN: 9780195187854

432 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $82.95

Description

In an accessible and thoughtful manner, this anthology--an update of Social and Political Theory: Classical Readings (1998)--introduces students to the key classic texts in social thought. In the second edition, Michael Kimmel focuses more specifically on the discipline of sociology, rather than melding classical sociological and political theories in one volume. Taking a serious look at the canonical texts, he presents a diverse range of thinkers who were critical to the development of sociological theory and offers a more inclusive classical canon that is informed by both the historical record and the needs of contemporary students.
Many of the classical theorists whose works are included here were much more influential than the canon suggested. For example, the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, and W.E.B Du Bois were widely disseminated and discussed in their time, yet they were pushed to the margins of the canon, declared to be derivative or second-rate. In attempting to set the record a bit straighter, Kimmel restores these and other forgotten thinkers to the positions they once held. The questions they posed are among the most vital theoretical and political questions of our era, evidence that classical social and political theory continues to speak to new generations of students about the issues that most affect their lives.
Features new to the second edition:
* Selections of key texts by Auguste Comte (Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte); Edmund Burke (Reflections on the Revolution in France); John Dewey (Democracy and Education); and Elsie Clews Parsons (Women in Public Life)
* Stronger disciplinary focus within sociology

Classical Social Theory, Second Edition, is an ideal text for courses in the theory of sociology, the history of social theory, the history of political thought, and western philosophy.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2006
February 1998

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    PART ONE: THE RISE OF SOCIETY, THE MARKET, AND THE STATE
    Thomas Hobbes, Selections from Leviathan
    John Locke, Selections from Two Treatises on Government
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Selections from The Social Contract or Principles of Political Right
    Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
    Letter to John Adams
    Adam Smith, Selections from The Wealth of Nations
    Edmund Burke, Selections from Reflections on the Revolution in France
    Thomas Paine, Selections from The Rights of Man
    "An Occassional Letter on the Female Sex"
    Mary Wollstonecraft, Selections from A Vindication of the Rights of Man
    Selections from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    John Stuart Mill, Selections from On Liberty
    Selections from The Subjection of Women
    Harriet Martineau, Selections from Society in America
    PART TWO: THE CRITIQUE OF CAPITALIST PRODUCTION, INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY, AND THE DEMOCRATIC STATE
    Auguste Comte, Selections from Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte
    Frederick Douglass, Selections from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
    "The Rights of Women"
    Margaret Fuller, Selections from Woman in the Nineteenth Century
    Karl Marx (and Engels), "Theses on Feuerbach"
    Selections from A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy
    Selections from Manifesto of the Communist Party
    Selections from Wage Labour and Capital
    atilda Joslyn Gage, Selections from Woman, Church, and State
    Max Weber, "Class, Status, Party" (from Economy and Society)
    "Bureaucracy" (from Economy and Society)
    "Sociology of Charismatic Authority" (from Economy and Society)
    "The Meaning of Discipline" (from Economy and Society)
    Émile Durkheim, Selections from The Division of Labor in Society
    Selections from he Elementary Forms of The Religious Life
    PART THREE: THE CRITIQUE OF CONSUMPTION, RATIONALITY, AND IMPERIALISM
    Sigmund Freud, "The Dissection of the Psychical Personality"
    Selections from roup Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
    Selections from Civilization and Its Discontents
    Georg Simmel, Selections from Sociology: "The Web of Group-Affiliations"
    Lester Ward, Selections from Pure Sociology
    "Our Better Halves"
    Thorstein Veblen, Selections from he Theory of the Leisure Class
    "The Economic Theory of Woman's Dress"
    W. E. B. DuBois, Selections from The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches
    Selections from Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil
    "Votes for Women"
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Selections from Women and Economics
    John Dewey, Selections from Democracy and Education
    Elsie Clews Parsons, Selections from Women in Public Life
    Virginia Woolf, Selections from Three Guineas