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.



Anomie represents for Durkheim an enduring and deepening danger for modern society. Pessimistically, anomie expresses ‘pathological’ tendencies at the heart of the ‘crisis’ of modern society. Anomie refers to the unhappy, asocial condition generated by an absence of moral regulation. Life presents itself as offering limitless possibilities. ...

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