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Georg Simmel on Individuality and Social Forms
edited by Donald N. Levine
by Georg Simmel
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.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
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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