1st Edition

Sociology as Social Criticism (Routledge Revivals)

ISBN 9780415581295
Published September 15, 2010 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1975, this collection of essays embodies a conception of sociological thought as a critical analysis of social theories and doctrines, of social institutions and political regimes, of recent social movements. They deal, in particular, with some conservative versions of sociology and with attempts to develop more radical theories; they extend the author's previous writings on classes, elites and politics; and they analyse some of the problems of socialism in the late twentieth century.

There is a close unity of theme througout the book in its critical attempt to formulate new intellectual bases for future radical and egalitarian politics. It is written with that quiet wisdom and impressive command of sources which readers have come to associate with Professor Bottomore's work.

Table of Contents

Part I: Social Theories  1. Conservative Man  2. Out of this World: The Sociogical Theory of Talcott Parsons  3. The Crisis in Sociology  4. Capitalism, Socialism and Development  5. Karl Marx: Sociologist or Marxist Part II: Classes and Elites  6. In Search of a Proletariat  7. Class Structure and Social Consciousness  8. Class and Politics in Western Europe  9. The Administrative Elite  10. Cohesion and Division in Indian Elites  Part III: Social Movements and Political Action  11. Conflict and Social Change  12. The Political Context of Technology  13. Reflections on the Student Movement  14. The Prospect for Radicalism

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