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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 and the Sociology of Culture
Karl mannheim and the sociology of culture

Karl Mannheim (1893-1947) is famous for his contribution to the development of the sociology of knowledge (Turner, 1991), but his contribution to the sociology of culture is unfortunately less well known or appreciated. These two aspects of Mannheim's sociology are clearly closely related. Consequently, these essays on culture can be suitably read alongside Mannheim's influential Ideology and Utopia (1991). The sociological study of culture can be considered as an extension of the sociology of knowledge, because it develops a sociological perspective on the symbolic field. Although Mannheim's essays on the sociology of culture were begun originally in Germany before his exile in 1933, they have retained their intellectual freshness and relevance to ...

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