An accessible introduction to ideas and concerns of one of sociology's early founders.
This new volume of the SAGE Social Thinkers series provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influences of Georg Simmel. It closely examines the writings and ideas of Simmel that introduced a new way of looking at culture and society and helped establish sociology's place among the academic fields. The book focuses on the key intellectual concerns of Simmel, including the process of individualization, religion, private and family life, cities, and modernization. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory textbooks.
- Introduction: Why Study Simmel?
- Chapter 1: Georg Simmel: The Man and His Work
- Chapter 2: Sociology as One of the Humanities
- Chapter 3: Individualization as Ethical Concern
- Chapter 4: What Religions Have in Common
- Chapter 5: Evolution: The Family and Private Life
- Chapter 6: Equality Versus Liberty: Competition and Money
- Chapter 7: Sociology Saves Lives: Vitalism and the Poor Person
- Chapter 8: Further Readings: Living in Big Cities