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Jürgen Habermas (born 1929) is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere.

Jürgen Habermas (born is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere.

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Communicative rationality - Jurgen Habermas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Émile Durkheim.

"The first and fundamental rule [of sociology] is to consider social facts as things.a social fact is capable of exercising and external constraint upon the individual" Emile Durkheim (The Rules of Sociological Method,

Simone de Beauvoir reading. Photograph by Gisèle Freund (1939). Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

Photograph by Gisèle Freund Simone de Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social.

Robert K. Merton (1910 - 2003)    American sociologist Robert Merton is perhaps best known for his theory of deviance, which locates the source of crime within the structure of American society. Merton drew on Émile Durkheim's concept of Anom  ie  and modified it to refer to the the strain put on individuals' behavior when accepted norms conflict with social reality (Giddens et al., 2012. Essentials of Sociology, 4th ed.)

Merton - American sociologist Robert Merton is perhaps…

Jurgen Habermas: The Man, The philosopher, The legend

A captivating and rewarding documentary on the life of Jurgen Habermas, the acclaimed German Sociologist.

Karl Marx.  German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. His ideas played a significant role in the establishment of the social sciences and the development of the socialist movement. He is also considered one of the greatest economists in history.

Karl Marx gettin' his Napoleon complex on in a great commemorative Soviet stamp from Love the holes in his frockcoat, and even the worn-out arm of the chair he's in.

Pierre Bourdieu by ludilozezanje

Pierre Bourdieu by ludilozezanje

The Father of Economics - Adam Smith

Norbert Elias (1897 – 1990) was a German sociologist, who is widely known as a founder of Figurational Sociology, which takes "figurations," or evolving networks of interdependent humans, as the fundamental unit of analysis.    In Elias' important book, The Civilizing Process, he tracks the history of the European habitus and details the social connections between power, behaviors, emotions, and knowledge over time.

a thinker ahead of his time.

Durkheimian sociology vs. Weberian sociology [follow these links to find a bundle of clips related to these two classic social theorists: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/category/weber/1.html and http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/category/durkheim/1.html] Artist: Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

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Veblen-Commons award 2014 for evolutionary economics: Sam Bowles

Zygmunt Bauman (1925 - 2017) is a Polish sociologist who currently resides in England. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity and the Holocaust.  In contrast to those who portray the Holocaust as a return to the barbarism of the past, Bauman argued that the Holocaust was not possible without modernity... Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

Happy birthday to Zygmunt Bauman!

The Frankfurt School has been associated with thinkers such as Weil, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse and Habermas, and formed as a resistance to traditional sociological theories, especially Marxist ones.    Felix Weil (1898 - 1975) was a German Marxist who founded the Institute for Social Research in 1924, which was associated with the Frankfurt School.

The Contemporary Necessity : Frankfurt School

Pierre Bourdieu (1930 - 2002)    Pierre Bourdieu was a French sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher. He pioneered investigative frameworks and terminologies such as cultural, social, and symbolic capital, and the concepts of habitus, field, and symbolic violence to reveal the dynamics of power relations in social life.    [click on this image to find a short video and analysis of Bourdieu's concept of habitus]

Pierre Bourdieu (1930 - 2002) Pierre Bourdieu was a French sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher. He pioneered investigative frameworks and terminologies such as cultural, social, and symbolic capital, and the concepts of habitus, field, and symbolic violence to reveal the dynamics of power relations in social life. [click on this image to find a short video and analysis of Bourdieu's concept of habitus]

Louis Wirth (1857-1952), Ernest Burgess (1886-1966), Robert E. Park (1864-1944). All three men were considered urban sociologists and leading figures in the Chicago School of Sociology.

Louis Wirth Ernest Burgess Robert E. Park All three men were considered urban sociologists and leading figures in the Chicago School of Sociology.