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Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the `organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the `rationalistic revolution' of the `golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the `collectivist alternative': the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social scie

As a Philosophical Science Unjustifiable, as an Empirical Science Anything Else But New: Classical Sociology and the First Crisis of Modernity
As a philosophical science unjustifiable, as an empirical science anything else but new: Classical sociology and the first crisis of modernity

Sociologists usually have a clear conception of the history of their discipline. They may disagree on the merits of individual contributions to the development of the subject, but they tend to share the view that there was a first blossoming around the turn of the century, a period which they label the ‘classical era’. The era is easily demarcated. While there was a wide diffusion of sociological activity, a limited number of towering figures emerged, often named the ‘founding fathers’ of the discipline, whose intellectual ...

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