Social Theorists: August Comte, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx

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Lucy Masakala 24324086 Due: 12 may 2015 SOCL 311 Lecturer: Miss E. Venter Introduction Sociology is a broad study consisting of theorists who are explaining sociology differently according to their different perceptions of the social phenomenon. Sociology consists of individuals, interrelations, social structures in families, the work place and the society according to classes; it also focuses on how people interact with each other, social knowledge, strengths, social behavior (morals) and act, religion, social norms, social reformation and stability. In this assignment we will be focusing on four social theorists; August Comte, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Max Weber, we will focus on the important aspects of their theories in explaining what sociology should really be about. August Comte Comte, the father of sociology based his theory of social physics with the concern of social statistics (law of structure) and social dynamics (social change). He focused on change reflected on his interest in social reform, to reforms the ills of created by the French revolution and the enlightenment. Comte did…show more content…
He used the German word vestehen which describes the understanding of the social phenomenon at large from history until present, including the changes and discoveries like science. Casualities describe that each event is accompanied by other events as indicated by the relationship betwen Capitalism and Protestantism. Weber then explained ideal type as the importance of focusing on one specific event to fully understand the social world. The rsponse to a stimulus by an individual and thought processes concerned Weber, as well as the part played by the rational-legal, traditional, charismatic authority and addressing social rationalization on work separation due to access to different materials. Capitalism affected religion and rationalization changed the leadership of religious

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