By Alan Swingewood
This lucidly written, jargon-free textual content deals an account of the increase of sociological suggestion from its origins within the eighteenth century. starting with the classical sociology of Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Simmel, it is going directly to study the fashionable paradigms of functionalism, interactionism, structuralism and important Marxism, and ends via discussing salient modern sociological thought, together with the theories of Foucault, Baudrillard, Giddens, Habermas and others. Systematic and entire, this can be a textual content that severely engages with sociological idea all through its improvement, delivering scholars a course via competing traditions and views that brings out the precise price and obstacles of those.
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The analogy between biology and sociology is constantly reiterated: ... in biology, we may decompose structure anatomically into elements, tissues and organs. We have the same things in the social organism ... forms of social power correspond to the tissue ... the element . is supplied by the family, which is more completely the germ of society than the cell or fibre of the body ... organs can only be cities the root of the word being the nucleus of the term civilization (Comte, 1875-6, Vol. 2, pp.
Property forms the basis of social differentiation, 'the natural source ofinfluence and authority' dosely bound up with social change and pervading 'every corner of society'. Millar argued, indeed, that social development necessarily engendered social inequality ceaselessly introducing 'corresponding gradation and subordination of ranks'. An economic interpretation of his tory is suggested: 22 Origins of Sociology The distribution of property among any people is the principal circumstance that contributed to reduce them under civil government, and to determine the form oftheir political constitution.
Knowledge was thus defined as a social product, useful and functional, secular and innovating. The transformation of the raw data of experience into knowledge, however, was not a simple mechanical process; it was the function of the human mind to process the data through immanent categories such as judgement, measurement and comparison. Thus although Descartes had argued for the importance of sensory experience in the formation of knowledge, he advanced the view that knowledge equally developed from principles derived from mathematics and logic.
A Short History of Sociological Thought by Alan Swingewood