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Introduction to Sociology Paperback – May 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0804746830 ISBN-10: 0804746834 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804746834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804746830
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"North American sociologists, social theorists, and social scientists will welcome the accessibility of this text. It is well translated, easily read, and informative on Adorno's critique of empiricist and positivist sociology. . . . One will rarely encounter another text like this one, which can make an argument for a dialectical theory of society while also showing great sophistication in the treatment of historical materials as well as in the critical appraisal of research methods. All in all, Adorno's great intellectual passion is noticeable throughout these lectures. They clearly build on the series of splendid books produced by the author in Germany during the 1950s and 1960s."—Critical Sociology

"Adorno an author of an 'intro' book? This surprising volume is a wonderful antidote to the impression that the Frankfurt School opposed empirical research. . . . This brief work is thick with implications for the discipline of sociology, which Adorno fundamentally rethinks."—Contemporary Sociology

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) was the leading figure of the Frankfurt school of critical theory. He authored more than twenty volumes, including "Negative Dialectics" (1982), "Kierkegaard" (Minnesota, 1989), "Dialectic of Enlightenment" (1975) with Max Horkheimer, and "Aesthetic Theory" (Minnesota, 1997).

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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Edward G. Nilges on November 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is part of a series of translations by Edmund Jephcott that also includes Adorno's lectures on Kant and ethics. I have little German but it seems to me that Jephcott knows how to translate, by immersing himself not in static German Kultur (which would be a bad mistake with regards to Adorno, a victim of bad culture) but by immersing himself in the current events in which Adorno's lecture was contextualized.
Now, this book is not what we here in the States would consider an "introduction" to "sociology.". That's because almost anything "101" is both indoctrination and education.
American social research has defined itself in reaction to Adorno. While Adorno repeatedly asserted his support for quantitative methods, American social research is based on an exclusionary reversal of the European overemphasis on theory…in which (as Adorno points out in this book) data gathering and moron math replace theory.
In terms of the philosophy of science, Adorno's ontology of social research happens to be right. Physics, unlike sociology, can stand outside the object of research for the very good reason that in physics, the objects of interest are either very small or very far away.
Whereas the sociologist studies phenomena which are very large and in the same room.
A physicist could not study black holes while being sucked into a black hole. A social theorist has to do social research at all times while also being sucked into various social black holes…including Hitler's expulsion of Adorno's kreis in the 1930s. Furthermore, unlike the physicist's work the sociologist's work immediately and necessarily becomes part of the phenomena.
In Godel's proof, the statements that generate Godel's contradiction are outlier cases.
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By Mark Sarich on July 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Not the difficult writing that many of us Adorno aficionados appreciate... these are transcription of lectures.
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