Founded in 1997, BookFinder.com has become a leading book price comparison site:

Find and compare hundreds of millions of new books, used books, rare books and out of print books from over 100,000 booksellers and 60+ websites worldwide.

A New Science:
The Breakdown of Connections and the Birth of Sociology

by Bruce Mazlish

ISBN 0271010924 / 9780271010922 / 0-271-01092-4
Publisher Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt)
Language English
Edition Softcover
Find This Book

 

Find signed collectible books: 'A New Science: The Breakdown of Connections and the Birth of Sociology'

Book summary

In this book Mazlish examines the historical origins of sociology, looking closely at how what he terms the "cash nexus"--the omnipresent substitution of money for personal relations--was perceived as changing the nature of human relations in the 19th century and led to the development of sociology as a means of dealing with this condition. Mazlish also considers the breakdown of connections in modern society: how the orderly 18th century world in which God, humanity, and nature were closely connected to one another came to be replaced with one of felt disconnection, and how individualism then came to be seen as replacing a sense of community in modern society. He investigates the work of a number of 19th-century English writers who were concerned with this breakdown of connections, including Adam Smith, William Wordsworth, Edmund Burke, Thomas Carlyle, and particularly novelists such as Benjamin Disraeli, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot. He also explores the influence of Darwin, presents Engels and Marx as precursors of the science of sociology and discusses at length the major founding figures of modern classical sociology: Ferdinand T´┐Żnnies, George Simmel, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. [via]