Interpretative Origins of Classical Sociology: Weber, Husserl, Schutz, Durkheim, Simmel (Mellen Studies in Sociology S.)
By: Jules Wanderer (author)Hardback
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In their efforts to define the boundaries of a new discipline, the founders of modern sociology - Durkheim, Simmel, and Weber - left a rich legacy of theoretical insights. But, with the exception of Weber's Verstehen (interpretative understanding), standard treatments of classical sociological theory have tended to understate interpretative influences. The founders held different views of the place of alternative interpretations in sociology and of their symbolic and epistemological implications for a subject matter. For Weber, collective concepts failed to meet the standards of a unit of analysis for sociology. Durkheim and Simmel's approach to sociology's subject matter emphasized not the study of individuals or objects, but the social construction of what they meant and how they were experienced. Armed with the conceptual distinction drawn in phenomenological sociology between "appearing things" - things in the raw, life's content - and their "appearances," a rereading of Durkheim and Simmel's contribution to classical theory reveals how well their concepts fit descriptions of interpretative influences in social life.
This book seeks to trace the influence of a package of interpretative ideas - signs, representations, symbols, and meanings - on the issues addressed by the founders in the development of classical sociological theory.
Professor Jules J. Wanderer received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado where he is Professor Emeritus, twice serving as Department Chair.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction to Interpretative Sociological Theory; 2. Founding a New Discipline; 3. Weber's Development of Verstehende Sociology; 4. Husserl's Intentional Theory; 5. Schutz's Repair of Weber's Verstehende; 6. Durkheim's Sociologism: Social Constructions of Reality; 7. Simmel's "Forms of Experiencing"; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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