Introduction to The Early Sociology of Culture

Thompson, Ken (2003). Introduction to The Early Sociology of Culture. In: Thompson, Ken ed. The Early Sociology of Culture, Volume 1. London, UK: Routledge, vii-xxii.

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About the book: The study of sociology regularly involves a re-reading of the classics of the discipline, and this collection makes available some of the most important early texts for re-evaluation. The early twentieth century was a crucial period of development for the emerging discipline of sociology. The primary focus during this period was on various aspects of culture. Each of the volumes collected here contributes to understanding the importance of culture, through an examination of empirical data and issues including population movement, the colonial 'other', immigration, social problems of the inner city, the evolution of morals and the need to understand different subcultures. The work also illustrates different national, theoretical and political standpoints from which to view these concerns. Complete with a new introduction by the editor, this collection will provide an invaluable resource for students and researchers, addressing those major themes which are of perennial importance to the field.

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