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Alvin W.Gouldner

Sociologist and Outlaw Marxist, 1st Edition

By James J. Chriss


217 pages

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Published in 1999, this book is an exploration of the life and work of American sociologist Alvin W. Gouldner. Gouldner's life and contribution to legal theory is a case study in the limits of critical, self-reflexive inquiry. Hegel's dialect is a major theme running throughout Gouldner's work, and, even throughout his life, Gouldner himself seemed trapped in the unfolding of the spirit through three distinct stages: 1945-1960 - thesis; 1960-1970 - antithesis; and 1970-1980 - synthesis or new thesis. Implications for creating a reflexive critical sociology in Gouldner's image are discussed.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding or Explaining Gouldner? 2. The Early Years and Industrial Sociology 3. The 1960s and Transition 4. The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology 5. Gouldner, Parsons, and the New Left 6. Ideology, Intellectuals, and the New Class 7. Nightmare Marxism.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General