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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.

Max Weber's Reception into Classical Sociology
Max weber's reception into classical sociology

The principal argument of this chapter is that Max Weber (1864-1920), despite his towering reputation in the second half of this century, was strangely neglected, especially in the English-speaking academic world, until the 1950s. Although Weber is now recognized as a founder of modern sociology, he did not, unlike Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), have a clear self-conception of himself as a ‘sociologist’ and he had no intention certainly of founding a school (Löwith, 1939; Wilbrandt, 1928). Trained as a jurist with an early interest in the historical development of the legal framework of economics, Weber's wide academic and political interests did not sit neatly within a narrow academic discipline. Despite these reservations, the uneven and ...

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