A unique contribution to discussions of social theory, this book counters the argument that no social theory was ever produced in Britain before the late twentieth century. Reviewing a period of 300 years from the seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century, it sets out a number of innovative strands in theory that culminated in powerful contributions in the classical period of sociology. The book discusses how these traditions of theory were lost and forgotten and sets out why they are important today.

Social Theory After the Classics

Social Theory After the Classics

The theorists considered in the previous three chapters can properly be regarded as making substantial contributions to social theory between the latter part of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth: the so-called classical age of sociology. They drew, to varying degrees, on all the lines of social thought that have been reviewed in the earlier chapters of this book, and they engaged fruitfully with the emerging sociological ideas of writers in France, Germany, and the United States, to construct their sociological syntheses. Their works were well-known outside Britain through their lectures and publications – both Victor Branford and Leonard Hobhouse were elected as honorary members of the American Sociological Society – ...

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