This Podcast introduces and explains sociological thinkers and thoughts.
Talcott Parsons and 'The Structure of Social Action' (1937) - Thomas Hobbes and the Problem of Social Order (updated re-upload)
This is the updated opening episode about Parsons' groundbreaking work The Structure of Social Action that was first published 1937. In this opener, I will take up the problem of social order which is so central to the book and sociology in general.
Simmel's Metropolis and The Mental Life (1903)
In this episode, I attend to Simmel's famous text The Metropolis and The Mental Life which was published in 1903. It seems as if this one has aged pretty well and may still be a valid description of the urban lifestyle.
Émile Durkheim on Social Facts
This episode zooms in on Durkheim's concept of social facts as outlined in The Rules of the Sociological Method.
Georg Simmel - Formal Sociology
In this episode, I introduce Georg Simmel's idea of a 'formal sociology' and use his ideas about 'conflict' and 'the stranger' as an example.
Max Weber - Rationality is Queen, Part I
Welcome to the first part of my introduction to Max Weber. This episode introduces and illustrates some of his most important concepts and gives a short and concise summary of his most famous work: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
Sociologists - Children of the Revolution