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About the book:
This book was designed for the Social Theory course in undergraduate sociology by an outstanding teacher with many years' experience. It contains sixteen chapters of explication and interpretation of the main social theorists from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. The main theorists covered are Adam Smith, Durkheim, Marx and Engels, and Weber. Notable articles include Tom Bottomore on Max Weber, Anthony Giddens on the division of labour, and essays by Mandel and Trotsky on Karl Marx. There are clear, concise introductions to each section, as well as a glossary of frequently used philosophical terms.