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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.

Conclusion: Coherence and Rupture in the Discipline of Sociology
Conclusion: Coherence and rupture in the discipline of sociology

In western cultures, the concept of ‘discipline’ has an inevitably religious ambiance. Within a traditional sense, a discipline may be defined as an organized perspective on phenomena which is sustained by the academic training or disciplining of the mind. Like the related notions of cultivation and culture, a discipline requires disciplinary practices, if a certain type of mentality is to be sustained over time among a community of scholars. Disciplines of mind and body within a monastic context were, in Michel Foucault's sense, technologies of the soul. Some disciplines appear to be less concerned with the transmission of a body of knowledge than within a set of methodological ...

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