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Description - The Making of Social Theory by Anthony Thomson

In The Making of Social Theory: Order, Reason, and Desire, second edition, author Anthony Thomson follows the development of Western ideas about society and social life from the medieval period through to the rise of modern sociology in the early twentieth century. Far from simply explicating theory, however, Thomson situates each idea in the context of time and space, examining the social circumstances in which it arose and the characteristics of the people who advocated it. In this way, The Making of Social Theory is a cross-disciplinary cultural chronicle of the ideas that underpin the discipline of sociology. The second edition of The Making of Social Theory retains its unique coverage of pre-Enlightenment ideas and presents this material in a compact, manageable introduction to the text. New material includes a chapter examining the fate of Marxism in the early decades of the twentieth century and a chapter dedicated to tracing the evolution of social democracy through Pareto and Mannheim. Throughout Thomson strives to create links between the classical and contemporary worlds, allowing students to see how classical theory has helped to shape the ideas of today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195430301
ISBN-10: 0195430301
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 177mm x 17mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Oxford University Press, Canada
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Canada
Publish Date: 12-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Anthony Thomson

Anthony Thomson is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University. He earned his MA from Dalhousie and his PhD from Cambridge in 1984. Thomson is an experienced writer, having published previously with Canadian Scholars Press. In addition to social theory, his areas of interest cover the Nova Scotian labour movement, Canadian labour history, Marxism, post-revolutionary societies, intellectual history, criminal justice, and socialist movements.