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Contemporary Sociological Theories by Pitirim A. Sorokin
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Aug 21, 2010

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A classic from the first quarter of the 20th century. Sorokin makes no bones about his goal in this volume (Page xiv): "Its objective is to survey the principal types of these [sociological:] theories and to find to what extent they are scientifically valid."

With that objective in mind, he divides sociological theories into a number of categories, such as "The Mechanistic School" (e.g., Pareto as exemplar),"the "Geographical School," Biological Interpretation of Social Phenomena (e.g., Roberts), "The Struggle for Existence and the Sociology of War, Sociologistic School: The Economic Branch (exemplified, for instance, by Marx and Engels), the Psychological School (e.g., Freud), and quite a few others.

He speaks a bit of the history of each school of thought, exemplars of that perspective, and he offers critiques as appropriate. For its day, a wide ranging work, showing off his detailed knowledge of a wide array of thinkers, schools, and approaches to the study of social phenomena.

An intriguing work to revisit. . . .
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