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.

The Sociology of form and Content: Simmel

The Sociology of form and Content: Simmel

The sociology of form and content: Simmel

The modern age defined itself as, above all, the kingdom of Reason and rationality. (Bauman, 1987:111)

As you saw in Chapter 7, Max Weber defined modernity as rationalization. Georg Simmel, a contemporary, compatriot, and friend of the Weber's, had a similar opinion. Both theorists pointed out that the benefits ...

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