This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance. The second part moves on t

Sociology, Morality and Ethics: On being with Others

Sociology, morality and ethics: On being with others

In a critical historical study of the life and work of Emile Durkheim, Steven Lukes comments that it is ‘astonishing how little attention has been given to … questions [of morality] in twentieth-century sociology … Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that the sociology of morality is the great void in contemporary social science’ (1973: 432 n.19). In a similar manner, Pickering remarks on the ‘dearth of classics in the sociology of morals’ and wonders why morality ‘has not attracted a large number of scholars devoted to sociology’ (1979: 26) and Ossowska (1970) laments the marginal status of morality within sociology and calls for the development of a ...

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