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Sociological Theory: Classical Statements [Hardcover]

David Ashley , David Michael Orenstein
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11 May 1994 0205156266 978-0205156269 3rd edition
Focusing on the context and significance of theoretical ideas as well as their content, this work aims to give students a broader understanding of the work of sociological theorists. The historical context of sociological theory and the nature and types of theoretical orientations found in sociological analysis today is documented. The volume includes a section on postmodernism along with a discussion of the influence of Marion Evans on the work of Herbert Spencer. It also incorporates material on G.H. Mead and T. Veblen, along with an updated section on Marx to reflect the end of the Soviet Union.

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  • Hardcover: 499 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 3rd edition edition (11 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205156266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205156269
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This text introduces students to the lives, times, and ideas of twelve people who have had the greatest influence on the development of sociology. Each theorist is discussed in separate chapters, which are organized to demonstrate how social theory is the product of individuals responding to the issues and concerns of their times. The theorists are examined in light of their personal circumstances and the social and intellectual climate in which they lived; their ideas about society and their methodologies, and the significance of their work as perceived by subsequent generations.

Every chapter in this new edition has been updated to incorporate new scholarship, especially those on Durkheim and Marx. Also, the Web Resources Appendix has been thoroughly updated.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable, exciting book 20 July 2013
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As a management researcher, I am interested in sociological theories because they are important to the field of management, especially on organisation theory. I bought 'Sociological Theory: Classical Statements' in order to familiarise myself with the theorists who have most influenced the development of the sociology. I was not disappointed.

The authors, David Ashley and David Orenstein, present the works of 11 theorists--Comte, Durkheim, Spencer, Hegel, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Freud, Pareto, Veblen and Mead. The authors convincingly argue that in order to understand the ideas of these men, students need to understand the theorists' personal biographies and the intellectual and socio-political circumstances in which the ideas were produced. The book dedicates one chapter to each theorist. The chapters begin with a summary of the authors' biographies. The biographies are followed by a presentation of the authors' ideas about the individual and society. Each chapter ends with a discussion of the influence of the given theorist on U.S. sociology.

Ashley and Orenstein are sufficiently critical in their assessment of the authors' significance. They tackle thorny interpretations in current sociological debate such as Hegel's supposed pre-figuring of the Nazis, Durkheim's forgotten critical stance toward society and Weber's epistemology. Further, the book contains a detailed bibliography at the end of each chapter. To sum, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; I recommend highly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Putting Thoughts in their Point and Place in Time 18 Jun 2008
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This solid sociological text reviews each of the major players in Classical Sociological thought. What's interesting is how each of the thinkers is given context in their life and times.

Also, this book did a lot to undo the mis-teaching of Marx and Durkheim that I had experienced with earlier instructors. This book is worth reading for those chapters alone.
2.0 out of 5 stars Thorough but unreadable 11 Dec 2012
By JBC, - Published on
This textbook is very thorough but some of the writing style is so unnecessarily obtuse that it is frustrating to the college student, which is its audience. The difference between the two authors seems to be apparent in the clarity of the writing. I was left guessing which author I found readable and which one I didn't. Although I continue to use this text, I am always looking out for an alternative. Even I, the professor, have to go to secondary sources to see what the author is trying to say.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Condition! 30 Oct 2011
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The book is brand new! The only downside is that it was way too expensive! I wish it was cheaper.
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