Author: Anthony Thomson (King's 1977)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Making of Social Theory: Order, Reason, and Desire, second edition, chronicles the development of Western ideas about society, politics, and social life from the medieval period through to the rise of modern sociology in the early twentieth century. Theories are examined within a historical social context to provide understanding of the social circumstances in which various sociological ideologies arose. The first edition was published in 2006. The second edition retains its unique coverage of pre-Enlightenment ideas and features new material on Gramsci, Pareto, Dewey, American Trancendentalism, and it expands coverage of other theorists including Nietzsche, Freud, Pareto, Simmel, and Mannheim. Core chapters focus on the principal figures of classical sociology (Marx, Durkheim, Weber). Taking a uniquely interdisciplinary approach, The Making of Social Theory examines the links between the classical and contemporary worlds, discussing how classical social theory has helped to shape the ideas of the modern world. Particular emphasis is given to social thought in relation to women and racialized minorities, contextually integrated throughout.