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By classical sociological theory we mean theories of great scope and ambition that either were created during sociology's classical age in Europe (roughly the early 1800s through the early 1900s) or had their roots in that period and culture. Read the first page
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One edition after another May 30 2009
By not a natural - Published on
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I have benefited from reading various editions of Ritzer's text on classical sociological theory. He gives a good deal of attention to the social contexts in which authors work, and covers a broad range of theorists.

In some ways, however, the strengths of Ritzer's treatment of classical theorists are also its weaknesses. If one were looking for applications to contemporary circumstances, it is difficult to make the case for Comte and Spencer. For historical reasons they certainly belong in an introductory overview of the development of the discipline. However, even with the current antiquarian revival of interest in Spencer, Ritzer has written a very conventional theory textbook. A good one, yes, since his prose is clear, his accounts are informative, and he does not trivialize important issues, but quite conventional nonetheless.

For someone interested in efforts to synthesize differing perspectives and hoping to think about contemporary issues within a framework provided by classical theory, Ritzer's book is a bit off the mark. Nevertheless, it is well suited for beginning undergraduates and others making a first foray into sociological theory. It serves best those who are comfortable with list-like presentation of material that is more descriptive than evaluative, and who are not concerned with synthesis or application.
Excellent Complement to the Original Texts April 10 2014
By Pandora - Published on
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Reading this alone I suspect you won't get much out of it. It's meant to be read with the original texts, but that said it is incredibly helpful. I still return to it often to help me understand something.

It is VERY VERY dry, but it's classical sociological theory, so you're going to find that regardless. Still, it provides details that can make the original texts much more approachable and give an idea what you're supposed to be getting out of it where you might otherwise be stuck with a big "okay, so...?" from the original texts.

Do yourself a favor and give this book a chance even if at first it is difficult. Sometimes it takes reading the passages in it, the source material, and then back again before stuff clicks, but it worth the effort if you need to do well with classical theory.
Clssical Sociological Theory Textbook June 7 2013
By Nancy Bowman - Published on
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It came within a good time; it was clean and neat; a little highlighting, but not bad, just a little wear on the cover.
very dry Feb. 24 2013
By Mario Marquez - Published on
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not much to be said about text books. typical historical factual account of the origins of a field of study
Classical theory Feb. 12 2013
By TC - Published on
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This book is filled with interesting and valuable information. I enjoyed learning about the early sociologist. I would encourage anyone just starting off in sociology to read this book.