Capitalism and Modern Social Theory: An Analysis of the Writings of Marx, Durkheim and Max Weber

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Cambridge University Press, 1973 M02 8
Giddens's analysis of the writings of Marx, Durkheim and Weber has become the classic text for any student seeking to understand the three thinkers who established the basic framework of contemporary sociology. The first three sections of the book, based on close textual examination of the original sources, contain separate treatments of each writer. The author demonstrates the internal coherence of their respective contributions to social theory. The concluding section discusses the principal ways in which Marx can be compared with the other two authors, and discusses misconceptions of some conventional views on the subject.


List of abbreviations used
Historical materialism
The relations of production and class structure
The theory of capitalist development
Durkheims early works
Durkheims conception of sociological method
Protestantism and capitalism
Webers methodological essays
Fundamental concepts of sociology
Rationalisation the world religions and western capitalism
Marxs influence
Religion ideology and society
Social differentiation and the division of labour
Marx and modern sociology

Individualism socialism and the occupational groups
Religion and moral discipline

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