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AS/SOCI 2040 Sociological Theory


Paolucci, P. “Classical Sociological theory and Modern Social Problems: Marx’s Concept of the Camera Obscura and the Fallacy of Individualist Reductionism”, Critical Sociology, Vol 27, Issue 1, January 2002

September 22

Marx: Alienation

Seeman M., “On the Meaning of Alienation”, American Sociological Review, 1959- No 24 (December ) 783 - 790

September 29

Marx: Excerpts from On the Jewish Question”

Sayers, Sean

Individual and Society in Marx and Hegel: Beyond the Communitarian Critique of Liberalism

Science & Society, vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 84-102, Jan 2007

Available on-line through York Libraries e-resources

In the York Libraries website, type the name of the journal (Science and Society) in the “Title Quick Search” box on the right side of the page. You will need a York Password or  the Library # and PIN to access the Journal article.


October 6:

Durkheim: Excerpts from “Suicide

October 20:

Durkheim: Excerpts from “The Division of Lbor in Society”

Recommended Readings:

The Division of Labor: A summary and Synopsis


November 3,


From the “Elementary Forms of Religious Life”

From the “Rules of Sociological Method”


Recommended Readings:

The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: A Synopsis

The Rules of Sociological Method: A Synopsis


Feb 2:

Max Weber: Excerpts from

“The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”


Feb 9

“The Legitimate Authority and Bureaucracy”



“Professionalism, Rationalization and Alienation” (Feb 2)

Excerpts from “Weber’s Theory of Bureaucratic Power” (Feb 9)


Feb 16:

Max Weber: Class, Status and Party (Excerpts)





Karl Marx

In Defence of Marxism


Emile Durkheim

The Durkheim Pages

Emile Durkheim's Sociology

A site for undergraduates"

by Frank W. Elwell

Rogers State University

The Durkheim Page

Sociology at Hewett

Our website covers the life of this great thinker, and also includes a complete online version of his "De la division du travail social" (The Division of Labor in Society), in its original French language form,  in which he introduced  the concept of "anomie". The Division of Labor in Society is one of the four most important of Durkheim's works which also include, "Les Règles de la méthode sociologique" (The Rules of Sociological Method), Le Suicide: étude de sociologie" (Suicide : A Study in Sociology), and  "Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse" (The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life).

SocioSite: Durkheim

Famous Sociologists

Dead Sociology’s index

The Emile Durkheim Archive

This site was created as a resource for undergraduate students of sociology, and should be used accordingly. Durkheim's own words are provided extensively in this archive, to best convey his ideas, concepts, and theories.

Max Weber


Max Weber Reference Archive


Max Weber


Max Weber's Home Page.


Weber’s Works

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism


Objectivity in Social Sciences


On Bureaucracy


Basic Terms