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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.

Karl Mannheim on Ideology and Utopia
Karl mannheim on ideology and utopia
Introduction: Karl Mannheim (1893-1947)

Although Mannheim helped to create the sociology of knowledge as a special branch of sociology, wrote a recognized classic on conservatism (Mannheim, 1986) and forged the modern link between planning and sociology, he has never enjoyed a secure reputation as a classical sociologist. In addition to his major work on ideology (Mannheim, 1936), he also wrote a number of major articles on central issues in sociology such as generations (Mannheim, 1952). Mannheim also did much to establish the study of the ‘free-floating intellectuals’ as a topic of modern sociology (Mannheim, 1986), but he has not been accorded the same intellectual status as his contemporaries – for example Max Weber and Georg ...

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