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In this book, one of the foremost sociologists of the present day, turns his gaze upon the key figures and seminal institutions in the rise of sociology. Turner examines the work of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Karl Mannheim, Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons to produce a rich and authoritative perspective on the classical tradition. He argues that classical sociology has developed on many fronts, including debates on the family, religion, the city, social stratification, generations and citizenship. The book defends classical perspectives as a living tradition for understanding contemporary social life and demonstrates how the classical tradition produces an agenda for contemporary sociology.

The Sociology of Generations (With Ron Eyerman)
The sociology of generations (with ron eyerman)

It is generally recognized that Karl Mannheim introduced the concept of ‘generation’ as a viable addition to the analysis of social stratification in modern sociology in his ‘The problem of generations’ in an essay in the Kölner Vierteljahrshefte für Soziologie in 1928-9 (Mannheim, 1952). The concept was formulated as part of his broader programme for a sociology of knowledge and was an element of Mannheim's theoretical strategy to understand the ‘existential basis of knowledge’ by the use of concepts other than social class. It was also part of Mannheim's search for an alternative theory of social change to Marxism with its traditional epistemology, materialist definitions of interests, and narrow focus on economic ...

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