Originally published in 1987 Modern German Sociology is a collection of essays containing sociological work published in German since World War II. Included are sections from such out-standing figures as Theodor Adorno, Alexander Mitscherlich, Jürgen Habermas, Niklas Luhmann, and Ralf Darendorf. The editors have arranged the essays into five sections that express their view of the chief aspects of modern German sociology and have written a helpful introduction to each section.
Part I: German Sociology: A Retrospective
1 Sociology in the Interwar Period: Trends in Development and Criteria for Evaluation, M. Rainer Lepsius
2. The Tragic Consciousness of German Sociology, Kurt Lenk
3. The Social Sciences Between Dogmatism and Decisionism: A Comparison of Karl Marx and Max Weber, Jürgen Kocka
Part II: Approaches to Theory
4. Sociology as a Science of Social Reality, Helmut Schelsky
5. Recent Developments in the Relation Between Theory and Research, René Konig
6. The Retreat of Sociologists into the Present, Norbert Elias
7. Modern Systems Theory and the Theory of Society, Niklas Luhmann
8. The Tasks of a Critical Theory of Society, Jürgen Habermas
Part III: Diagnoses of Contemporary Society
9. The Crystallization of Cultural Forms, Arnold Gehlen
10. Late Capitalism or Industrial Society?, Theodor W. Adorno
11. Life Chances, Class Conflict, Social Change, Ralf Dahrendorf
12. The Poverty of the Bourgeois Democracy in Germany, Oskar Negt
Part IV: Class, Bureaucracy, and the State
13. The Origin of Class Societies: A Systems Analysis, Klaus Eder
14. Modes of Authority and Democratic Control, Wolfgang Schluchter
15. Toward a Theory of Late Capitalism, Claus Offe
16. Beyond Status and Class: Will There Be an Individual Class Society?, Ulrich Beck
Part V: Identity and Social Structure
17. Personal Identity as an Evolutionary and Historical Problem, Thomas Luckmann
18. Psychoanalysis as Social Theory, Helmut Dahmer
19. The Nature of Human Aggression, Alexander Mitscherlich
20. On the German Reception of Role Theory, Friedrich H. Tenbruck
21. Structures of Meaning and Objective Hermeneutics, Ulrich Oevermann, with Tilman Allert, Elisabeth Konau and Jürgen Krambeck
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