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Weber & Toennies Comparative Sociology in Historical Perspective by Werner J. Cahnman, Judith Marcus
  

Weber & Toennies Comparative Sociology in Historical Perspective

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Weber & Toennies Comparative Sociology in Historical Perspective by Werner J. Cahnman, Judith Marcus

This collection of selected essays by Werner J. Cahnman brings together out of scattered dispersion his writings about Max Weber, Ferdinand Toennies, and historical sociology. The great theoretical range and depth of his intellect and mastery of sociological thinking is apparent as he discusses the impact of romanticism on modern thought, and how Weber and Toennies both analyzed and reacted to modernity. Cahnman places Weber (1864-1920), the dominant figure in twentieth-century sociology, in the midst of the methodological controversies so characteristic of contemporary social science, and he fully discusses the overarching importance of Weberian ideal-type theory. Although less well-known than Weber, Toennies (1855-1936) was also a sociologist of the first rank. He is best remembered for his enormously influential twin concepts, Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, which contributed to our understanding of the historical and sociological basis for the change from premodern to modern societies. The essays in this volume establish Toennies' intellectual connections to Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Herbert Spencer, and clarify his influence upon American sociology. Cahnman stood against strict separations between history and sociology, and his essays are all informed by a wonderful admixture of the theoretical and the concrete. They demonstrate how a genuine historical sociology, not unlike that of Weber and Toennies, can find and explain linkages between seemingly disparate events spanning time and place. This volume will be of interest to sociologists, political scientists, and intellectual historians.

Reviews

-Wandering in the 'great maze
of Werner J. Cahnman

's writings in German and English, one comes away with the understanding that his historical bent, his respect for the multitude of data, his sociological sensitivity, and personal experience were all at work in order to enhance our understanding and knowledge of the past and more recent times.- --Judith Marcus and ZoltAn Tarr, Logos Wandering in the 'great maze'
of Werner J. Cahnman

's writings in German and English, one comes away with the understanding that his historical bent, his respect for the multitude of data, his sociological sensitivity, and personal experience were all at work in order to enhance our understanding and knowledge of the past and more recent times. --Judith Marcus and ZoltAn Tarr, Logos Wandering in the 'great maze'
of Werner J. Cahnman

's writings in German and English, one comes away with the understanding that his historical bent, his respect for the multitude of data, his sociological sensitivity, and personal experience were all at work in order to enhance our understanding and knowledge of the past and more recent times. --Judith Marcus and ZoltAn Tarr, Logos'


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Publication date

30th April 1994

Author

Werner J. Cahnman, Judith Marcus

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Publisher

Transaction Publishers an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc

Format

Hardback
351 pages

Categories

Social theory

ISBN

9781560001348

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