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.

Social Forms and Sociation

Social forms and sociation

Georg Simmel asked what is it about ‘society’ that might be distinctively social rather than, say psychological or historical? Simmel's answer was to abstract consistent patterns of social interaction that he called ‘social forms’ (Herberle, 1948). Social forms are seen by Georg Simmel as analogous to spatial forms in geometry. Ideal shapes like perfect circles, ...

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