Towards the Sociology of Knowledge (RLE Social Theory): Origin and Development of a Sociological Thought Style

1st Edition

Gunter Werner Remmling

Routledge
Published December 21, 2015
Reference - 484 Pages
ISBN 9781138985858 - CAT# Y209764
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

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Summary

The sociology of knowledge is an area of social scientific investigation with major emphasis on the relations between social life and intellectual activity. It is now an area central to most graduate and undergraduate courses in sociology. The present collection of readings explains the origins, systematic development, present state and possible future direction of the discipline. The major statements in the field were developed early in the twentieth century by Durkheim, Scheler and Mannheim, but the sociology of knowledge continues to engage the theoretical and empirical interests of contemporary sociologists who desire to penetrate the surface level of social existence. This book, with its carefully selected contributions and an introduction which relates the selections to the developmental pattern of the discipline, provides guidance and insight for the reader concerned with the topical issues raised by sociologists of knowledge.

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