In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft

Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft

Many classical social theorists wanted to understand the nature of the transition to modernity that they were living through. Typically this was done through the construction of a conceptual dichotomy. Adam Ferguson contrasted ‘rude’ nations to ‘polished’ civil society; Henry Maine identified a shift from status to ...

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