Title Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, 3/e
Author John Bratton, David Denham
ISBN 9781487588182
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 424
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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“This book offers an interesting discussion of the development of sociological theory, with a specific emphasis on the ways that capitalism shaped the field of sociology during its early years.... Its presentation of the social, historical, and economic context from which early sociological theory emerged is exemplary: detailed, thorough, and compelling.”

Teaching Sociology


“An engaging, insightful, and comprehensive introduction to classical sociological theory, highlighting the enduring relevance of classical thinkers for making sense of the complexities of the modern world.”

Zaheer Baber, University of Toronto


In this third edition of Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, John Bratton and David Denham build on the classical triumvirate—Karl Marx, Émile Durkheim, and Max Weber—by extending the conversation to include early female theorists such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as well as the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois and G.H. Mead.

Connecting current headlines in the political mainstream to concepts like alienation, anomie, class, gender, race, and the environment, Capitalism and Classical Social Theory sheds light on how classical social theories may be applied and understood within a contemporary context. This revised and expanded third edition features topical discussions of socio-economic shifts in the post-Trump and post-Brexit world and uses original excerpts and additional readings to further contextualize the significance of classical social theory today.




Part I: Context

Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Classical Social Theory?

Chapter 2. Modernity and Social Theory

Chapter 3. European Enlightenment and Early Social Thought

Part II: The Classical Triumvirate

Chapter 4. Karl Marx: Philosophy and Methodology

Chapter 5. Karl Marx: Theory of History

Chapter 6. Karl Marx: Economics of Capitalism

Chapter 7. Émile Durkheim: The Division of Labour in Society

Chapter 8. Émile Durkheim: The Rules of Sociological Method and On Suicide

Chapter 9. Émile Durkheim: Religion and Education

Chapter 10. Max Weber: Methodology

Chapter 11. Max Weber: Capitalism and Modernity

Chapter 12. Max Weber: Social Classes and Legitimate Domination

Part III: Expanding the Canon

Chapter 13. Gender and Social Theory

Chapter 14. W.E.B. Du Bois on Race

Chapter 15. G.H. Mead on Self and Society

Part IV: Classical Social Theory Today

Chapter 16. Concluding Thoughts on the Classical Canon


Further Reading and Sources



About the Authors:

John Bratton is a visiting professor at both Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, in the UK.

David Denham is an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK, where he taught a wide variety of sociology courses over a career of 35 years.

Target Audience:

People interested in sociology, social theories, capitalism/economics.


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