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Discovering Sociology
Studies in Sociological Theory and Method

Edited By

John Rex

ISBN 9781138967762
Published December 7, 2015 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Professor John Rex was one of Britain’s most eminent sociologists, and a teacher of a whole generation of sociology students. In this book he presents a stimulating introduction to the major issues of sociological theory and gives an account of the perspective which has informed his thinking and writing. He deals with the objectives of sociological investigation, the methods it uses and how in these respects it resembles or differs from natural science and history. He goes on to discuss the work of Weber, Durkheim, Marx, Engels, Mills and other important theorists, and concludes with a convincing demonstration of the continuing relevance of the Weberian tradition to the study of sociology.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Sociology and the Layman  1. Towards a Significant Sociology  2. The Uses of Social Statistics  3. The Need for Theory  4. Understanding and Sociological Theory  5. Types of Sociological Theory in Britain  6. The Main Types of Sociological Theory  7. Institutions and Men  8. The Likely Future of British Sociology  Part 2. The Grand Masters of Sociology  9. The Sociological Tradition and its Ideological Context  10. Max Weber  11. Emile Durkheim  12. Karl Marx, Speaking for Himself  13. Marx and Malinowski  14. Friedrich Engels  15. C. Wright Mills  Part 3. Theoretical Themes and Contemporary Sociology  16. Sociological Theory: Retrospect and Prospect  17. Ideal Types and the Comparative Study of Social Structures  18. Thirty Theses on Epistemology and Method in Sociology  19. Sociological Theory and Deviance Theory  20. The Domestication of Sociology

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