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Georg Simmel on Individuality and Social Forms: Selected Writings

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9780226757766

ISBN10:
0226757765
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/1/1971
Publisher(s):
Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

"Of those who created the intellectual capital used to launch the enterprise of professional sociology, Georg Simmel was perhaps the most original and fecund. In search of a subject matter for sociology that would distinguish it from all other social sciences and humanistic disciplines, he charted a new field for discovery and proceeded to explore a world of novel topics in works that have guided and anticipated the thinking of generations of sociologists. Such distinctive concepts of contemporary sociology as social distance, marginality, urbanism as a way of life, role-playing, social behavior as exchange, conflict as an integrating process, dyadic encounter, circular interaction, reference groups as perspectives, and sociological ambivalence embody ideas which Simmel adumbrated more than six decades ago."--Donald N. Levine Half of the material included in this edition of Simmel's writings represents new translations. This includes Simmel's important, lengthy, and previously untranslated "Group Expansion and Development of Individuality," as well as three selections from his most neglected work, Philosophy of Money; in addition, the introduction to Probleme der Geschichtsphilosophie, chapter one of the Lebensanschauung, and three essays are translated for the first time.

Author Biography

Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Donald N. Levine
I. PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 1(40)
How Is History Possible?
3(3)
How Is Society Possible?
6(17)
The Problem of Sociology
23(13)
The Categories of Human Experience
36(5)
II. FORMS OF SOCIAL INTERACTION 41(100)
Exchange
43(27)
Conflict
70(26)
Domination
96(25)
Prostitution
121(6)
Sociability
127(14)
III. SOCIAL TYPES 141(74)
The Stranger
143(7)
The Poor
150(29)
The Miser and the Spendthrift
179(8)
The Adventurer
187(12)
The Nobility
199(16)
IV. FORMS OF INDIVIDUALITY 215(34)
Freedom and the Individual
217(10)
Subjective Culture
227(8)
Eros, Platonic and Modern
235(14)
V. INDIVIDUALITY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE 249(100)
Group Expansion and the Development of Individuality
251(43)
Fashion
294(30)
The Metropolis and Mental Life
324(16)
Subordination and Personal Fulfillment
340(9)
VI. FORMS VERSUS LIFE PROCESS: THE DIALECTICS OF CHANGE 349(46)
Social Forms and Inner Needs
351(2)
The Transcendent Character of Life
353(22)
The Conflict in Modern Culture
375(20)
Bibliographical Note 395


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