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.

Normal and Pathological

Normal and pathological

Durkheim attempted to establish sociology as a scientific discipline by constructing mutually-exclusive dualisms (Lukes, 1992: 16–30). These are pairs of conflicting concepts like ‘individual’ and ‘society’ fixed at opposite ends of the scale. Durkheim's conceptual dualism ‘normal’ and ‘pathological’ makes knowledge ...

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