Ian Craib compellingly shows the value of studying classic thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel alongside the more popular contemporary questions. Providing an account of the key ideas of classical social theory, Dr Craib establishes their relevance today, their enduring significance, and their contribution to understanding contemporary problems.
Written in a direct, personal style, Classical Social Theory's thematic structure helps the reader compare the theorists systematically, and the book-by-book approach pays close attention to each thinker's key texts, quoting the most important passages and analyzing them in a clear, straightforward way.
Other student-friendly features include:
* biographical details and an elementary overview of the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel
* Dramatis Personae with brief details of the life and thought of other relevant thinkers
* Glossary covering important terms and phrases used in the text
Classical Social Theory is an indispensable guide to the key thinkers in Sociology for anyone new to the subject.
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Dr Ian Craib is Reader in Sociology, University of Essex. He is the author of Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1984).
`Clear, readable, and intelligent.'
J.J.R. Thomas, University of the West of England
`This is the book I've been waiting for. I'm very impressed with its style, clarity, and thoroughness. For the first time, I have a book I can recommend as a core text ... Excellent for students who fear theory and good jumping off point for the better ones.'
Malcolm Williams, University of Plymouth
`This is a gem of a book. It is an accessible and authoritative treatment of classical theory, written in the definitive 'user-friendly' style. Craib's text is suitable both for undergraduates, and for those graduate students who have no prior training in classical sociological theory.'
Dr Roger Sibeon, University of Liverpool
`This is, in my opinion, the best introduction to classical sociological thought for first year students.'
Serena Bufton, Sheffield Hallam University
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1997. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 0198781164-2-4