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Understanding Classical Sociology: Marx, Weber, Durkheim [Paperback]

John Hughes , Wes Sharrock , Peter J Martin
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18 Mar 2003 0761954678 978-0761954675 Second Edition
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`Totally reliable… the authors have produced a book urgently needed by all those charged with introducing students to the classics… quite indispensable' - Times Higher Education Supplement

This is a fully updated and expanded new edition of the successful undergraduate text. Providing a lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the authors submit that these figures have decisively shaped the discipline. They show how the classical apparatus is in use, even though it is being directed in new ways in response to the changing character of society.

Written with the needs of undergraduates in mind, the text is essential reading for students in sociology and social theory.


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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (18 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761954678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761954675
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Hughes, Martin, Sharrock set out to write a textbook for undergraduates. Their major aim is to offer a sensitive and faithful interpretation of the pioneers. In this they succeed admirably... make[s] no concessions to those common student demands for "four main points about Marx": Hughes et al insist that the great tradition is difficult, that the corpus requires intense effort and reflection. Yet they convey the complexity in an appealing and comprehensible way. There are helpful subheadings, no presumption that readers are familiar with Hegel, Kant and suchlike, and skilful interweaving of biographical material, historical contextualisation and the major ideas of the three giants. For almost 25 years Anthony Giddens's impressive Capitalism and Modern Social Theory has been the required text for classical theory. But that will now change. Less expositional, and more willing to range beyond the original texts, Hughes et al will rapidly, and rightly, become the essential student source. Totally reliable... the authors have produced a book urgently needed by all those charged with introducing students to the classics.... quite indispensable' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

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`Hughes, Martin, Sharrock set out to write a textbook for undergraduates. Their major aim is to offer a sensitive and faithful interpretations of the pioneers. In this they succeed admirably: the book is made up of an introduction and conclusion set around three chapters, one on Marx, another on Weber and the third on Durkheim. Each chapter is characteristically scholarly but accessible to students. The authors make no concessions to those common student demands for "four main points about Marx": Hughes et al insist that the great tradition is difficult, that the corpus requires intense effort and reflection. Yet they manage at the same time to convey the complexity in an appealing and comprehensible way. There are helpful subheadings, no presumption that readers are familiar with Hegel, Kant and suchlike, and skilful interweaving of biographical material, historical contextualisation and the major ideas of the three giants. For almost 25 years Anthony Giddens's impressive Capitalism and Modern Social Theory has been the required text for classical theory. But that will now change. Less expositional, and more willing to range beyond the original texts, Hughes et al will rapidly, and rightly, become the essential student source. Totally reliable... the authors have produced a book urgently needed by all those charged with introducing students to the classics. However, they do more than that. The book also has a mission, one motivated by a revolt against contemporary theory that too often refuses to engage with these "dead white males"... Contesting such charges, Hughes and his co-authors have little difficulty in demonstrating that Marx and Weber especially "are at the heart of contemporary intellectual life", and that far too much of today's theorising lacks the roots essential to support rigorous thinking. Against much current caricature, they detail how sociology as a discipline was, from its very inception a revolt against the Enlightenment premise of the rational individual actor... Reading Hughes et al one cannot but insist that all debate should be suspended until participants are thoroughly conversant with the classical tradition.... quite indispensable' - The Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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It may seem strange to be offering an exposition of the ideas of Marx, Weber and Durkheim in an era when, so it is argued by some in the discipline, the 'grand narratives' of thought, as Lyotard (1984) terms overarching theoretical schemes, have lost their validity. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding CIassical Sociology 10 Feb 2004
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This book is part of my BA litterature. I find some of the concepts of Marx and Weber extremely difficult to understand, but Hughes & al help to clarify difficult concepts and put things in order for me. I like the background information on all three theorists because this makes it easier to place their theories in a context.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice book 18 Oct 2010
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Good idea of the ideas of Marx, durkheim and weber. It is a little insufficient as a textbook but the ideas are clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Foundations for further study. 14 Jan 2014
By Pamab
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Cannot understand modern day Sociology without knowing where it came from. These men provide the building blocks for all other sociological thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 10 April 2013
By Mehmet
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This book was required for my first year university study. I enjoyed while reading. It provides clear information for three great thinkers. Also, the book was in very good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Sociology Understood 27 April 2000
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As a student of sociology, I found the text to be definitive and an excellent resource during my studies. The text offers a clear analyasis that is very readable and user friendly to the less initiated in the ranks. A very good companion for Giddens in the study of classical sociological ideology.
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