Reason of Sociology: George Simmel and Beyond

Reason of Sociology: George Simmel and Beyond

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Sociology has long lacked the sense of propulsive direction that it possesses in the 1960s and early 70s. The subject has fragmented in a series of interlocking fields and sub-disciplines. Is there a way of revitalizing the subject? Where can we look for guides to build a sociology that combats fragmentation, constantly unites the micro with the macro level, and provides a holisitic view of society? This book argues that the sociology of Georg Simmel is the most promising resource to accomplish these ends. Although Simmel was rediscovered in the 1980s his advice for the design of the subject and the professional necessities for 'doing good sociology' were neglected. Simmel's analysis of money, the state and the press showed how sociologists might approach the analysis ...

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