This concise text, covers both classical and contemporary social thought. It traces the major schools of thought over the past 150 years as they appear and reappear in different chapters and looks at important new voices in social theory. The treatment of individual theories and theorists is balanced with the development of key themes and ideas about social life.

Society as Sui Generis: Durkheim

Society as sui generis: Durkheim

Emile Durkheim is one of the classical theorists whose work has enduring significance for sociological theorizing. Sociologists continue to focus on the questions Durkheim raised and “to plunder the Aladdin's cave of concepts he bequeathed” (Parkin, 1992:1).

Durkheim's underlying ideology is similar to that of Herbert Spencer, featured in ...

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