Simon J Speddy

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Culture and Agency: The Place of Culture in Social&hellip by Margaret S. Archer
This work is the first of a trilogy of work now refered to as "The Archers". After Archer's substantive work in the sociology of educational systems published in 1979, she bagan her life long mission to create a new realist sociology which has continued to develop her "morphogenetic" approach first discussed in 1979.

Interestingly, after the publication of a number of works developing her sociological theory, the first of "The Archers" trilogy began with an analysis of the role of culture, published in 1988. This was superceded by her more general theoretical work "Realist Social Theory - The morphogenetic approach" published almost ten years later in 1995. Both these works can… Read more
Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach by Margaret S. Archer
This book is Margaret Archer's most influential work upon modern day sociological theory. She began her Morphogentic approach in her massive sociological history of educational systems in 1979, after which she became more influenced by the growing realist movement championed by Roy Bhaskar.

This book is a clear statement of the realist approach that views sociology as essentially consisting of an analysis of social change over time. Her morphogentic sequence of "conditioning > interaction > elaboration" is arguably the greatest contribution to sociological theory since the founding fathers themselves.

After Archer concentrated on the "macro" during the eighties and… Read more
How To Change The World: Tales of Marx and Marxism by Eric Hobsbawm
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Eric Hobsbawm is arguably the greatest Marxist historian of the twentieth centuary, who had profound influence upon students and scholars of history, sociology and politics. He was not only an intellectual giant, he also impacted political action - the Marxist movements of the sixties and seventies drew upon his analysis of history and it provided "science" behind their radicalism.

I know of no other historian that had such vast knowledge of both Marxist thought itself, and at the same time applied Marxist analysis to his huge amount of substantive work. This book is devoted to the former, and gives us a thorough history of Marxism. It begins by putting Marxist theory itself in… Read more