In this important volume of specially commissioned essays, nine leading sociologists present their answers to the question, 'What use are the sociological classics today?' They report on the latest scholarship, on neglected features of the various masters, on promising applications and unrecognised implications.
1. Karl Marx: Aspects of his Social Thought and their Contemporary Relevance Irving M. Zeitlin 2. Hobbes, Toennies, Vico: Starting Points in Sociology Werner J. Cahnman 3. Max Weber and Contemporary Sociology Dennis H. Wrong 4. Sociology's Quest for the Classics: The Case of Simmel Donald N. Levine 5. Vilfredo Pareto: Socio-biology, System and Revolution Joseph Lopreato 6. Durkheim's 'Elementary Forms' as 'Revelation' Edward A. Tiryakian 7. George Herbert Mead Herbert Blumer 8. The Uses of Classical Sociological Theory Lewis A. Coser 9. Revisiting the Classics Throughout a Long Career Talcott Parsons