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Wasting students' time & money by taking advantage of their predicament of not knowing where to start and with whose books.,
This review is from: Marx, Durkheim, Weber: Formations of Modern Social Thought (Paperback)
The book is full of repetitions, time and again the very same points are being made, or rather "listed", as if the book had not been edited at all; a very boring and timewasting read. Clearly, the book, in its form, is a textbook par excellence, though a very bad one. It is a mere collection of concepts and overall not very telling. The author is clearly not familiar with a lot of the things he is talking about, this becomes particularly clear in the Introduction, where he attempts to give some philosophical background. The value of textbooks particularly ones like this is, is rather questionable, and when reading this book it seems as if the intention is really to exploit a market that arises because students are so ill advised as to what to read concronted with an enormous number of unnecessary publications. It is surely more worthwhile (and affordable) to read books by those people who are involved in academic discourse, good writers, and intellectually living up to the challenge of presenting AND discussing the views of the three great thinkers the author set out to introduce to students, for example Giddens on Durkheim/Marx, or Mommsen on Weber (The Age of Bureaucracy). Thank you.