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Sunday 13 July 2008
by  CP

From the Ancient World to the Enlightenment (1)

The idea of “society” is a modern one. Its development has accompanied the emergence of bourgeois polities characterized by representative democracy and social-class stratification. Although the origins of the term “society” can be traced back to the sixteenth century and even to its Greek and (...)

Sunday 13 July 2008
by  CP

Society and Social Class (2)

The idea of “society” emerged as a central conception in the modern worldview as part of the great convulsions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. During the bourgeois revolutions in England and France, it was necessary for opponents of the feudal system to offer a vision of the totality (...)

Sunday 13 July 2008
by  CP

Society, Community, and the Capitalist State (3)

Marx benefited from a long intellectual interrogation beginning in the seventeenth century, but his concept of society nevertheless immediately provoked keen opposition. Most disturbing was the idea that society — this integrating entity – was only relatively cohesive. Because capitalist society (...)

Sunday 13 July 2008
by  CP

Marx’s Idea of Capitalist Society and Opposition to It (4)

Although many sociologists believe it is possible to synthesize the opposed premises of Marx and Durkheim, it nevertheless seems correct to say that two ideas of society — that based upon Marx’s work and that drawing its inspiration from Durkheim — have dominated social thought for the past (...)