University of Chicago Press, 1971 Cloth: 978-0-226-75775-9 | Paper: 978-0-226-75776-6 | eISBN: 978-0-226-92469-4
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
"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.
Donald N. Levine is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Flight from Ambiguity: Essays in Social and Cultural Theory, Greater Ethiopia: The Evolution of a Multiethnic Society, and Wax and Gold: Tradition and Innovation in Ethiopian Culture, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments Introduction by Donald N. Levine I. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1. How Is History Possible? 2. How Is Society Possible? 3. The Problem of Sociology 4. The Categories of Human Experience II. Forms of Social Interaction 5. Exchange 6. Conflict 7. Domination 8. Prostitution 9. Sociability III. Social Types 10. The Stranger 11. The Poor 12. The Miser and the Spendthrift 13. The Adventurer 14. The Nobility IV. Forms of Individuality 15. Freedom and the Individual 16. Subjective Culture 17. Eros, Platonic and Modern V. Individuality and Social Structure 18. Group Expansion and the Development of Individuality 19. Fashion 20. The Metropolis and Mental Life 21. Subordination and Personal Fulfillment VI. Forms Versus Life Progress: The Dialectics of Change 22. Social Forms and Inner Needs 23. The Transcendent Character of Life 24. The Conflict in Modern Culture Bibliographical Note
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