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Study guides and summaries of various social theory texts:

MARX & ENGELS

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Marx & Engels: The Communist Manifesto
(click here for an online copy of the Manifesto)
(click here for a treatise on 19th century socialism)
(click here for a discussion of some confusions about socialism, communism, & capitalism) 

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Marx & Engels: The German Ideology

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 On various passages by Marx & Weber

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Summaries of various Marx works

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More Summaries of various Marx works

DURKHEIM

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Detailed summary of "Division of Labor" (1893)

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Detailed summary of "Rules of the Sociological Method" (1895)

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Detailed summary of "Suicide" (1897)

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Detailed summary of "Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" (1912)

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Summaries of various Durkheim works

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More Summaries of various Durkheim works

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Outline/Guide to Durkheim's works

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A Durkheim Page

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Another Durkheim Page

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A chart showing the relationship between Durkheim's theory of suicide and his theory of mechanical/organic social solidarity.

MAX WEBER

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Summaries of various Weber works

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More Summaries of various Weber works

OTHER CLASSIC SOCIAL THEORISTS

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Guide to G.H. Mead's Mind, Self, & Society

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On Robert Michels' theory of Oligarchy

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Summaries of various Parsons works

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Summaries of various Simmel works

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Guide to Simmel's Forms of Social Life

MORE RECENT THEORISTS

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Summary of Erving Goffman: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

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A guide to Goffman

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Guide to Robert Merton's Strain Theory

SITES WITH MANY SUMMARIES

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University of Chicago's Classical Theory Collection

 

 

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