CLASSIC SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
Week 1 Introduction
Intellectual power, increase sophistication, conceptual tools that help you make sense of things
around you (industrialization, morality, etc.)
What is Classic Sociological Theory?
Classic- very first rank, the highest. An example of a grand human accomplishment. It also lasts
a long time. They’re generative; you can always find something new in it and world- defining as
it defines a way of thinking and feeling. Does sociology have classic? Sociology is between
Natural science and humanity trying to give a general portrayal of the world. They also produce
concepts like nature of society (Marx).
Sociological- the study of interaction and how groups are held together, make them more than
just an individual. How do these forms of group change over time? Typical problem and
solutions to these groups?
Theory- a Greek word that means theatre; stepping out of the normal world, observe as an
outsider and understand it. It’s an abstract (meaning of something) rather than empirical. Ex:
counting art galleries in T.O and find there’s an increase in #s is an empirical method because it
has #s. But if you ask why ppl analyze it, observe painting and spend time in there is an example
of abstract. Theories are also general no