School of
Social Sciences
___Introduction to Sociology
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Georg Simmel

 

"Society is merely the name for a number of individuals, connected by interaction"
(Fundamental Problems of Sociology)

"Feelings of isolation are rarely as decisive and intense when one actually finds oneself alone as they are when one is a stranger among many physically close persons, at a party, on a train, or in a city"
(The Metropolis and Mental Life)

The Person  
Introduction A Virtuoso On The Platform
The Academic Outsider Simmel's Writing Career
   
The Work  
Introduction The Significance Of Numbers For Social Life
Formal Sociology Simmel's Ambivalent View Of Modern Culture
Social Types A Note On The Philosophy Of Money
The Dialectical Method In Simmel's Sociology  

Usually introduced as the forgotten member of sociology's 'big four' (the other ones being Marx, Weber and Durkheim, remember?), Simmel was rather like Gary Barlow out of Take That, the one that had all the good ideas and did all the work but none of the fans fancied or could remember what he looked like (for those over 25 or under 18, Take That were a brief flash in the pan pretty-boy band that gave us Robbie Williams). Briefly popular in American sociological circles as 'the German who wasn't Marx', Simmel wrote about some of the most pressing issues in the modern world: the function of money; (External Link) the fate of individual identity in city life; and the fear of the outsider that pervades European society. Not so irrelevant after all?



Work By Simmel  
Conflict And Society The Problem Of Sociology (External Link)
How Is Society Possible? (External Link) The Stranger
The Philosophy Of Value (External Link)  



These pages were originally written by: Angus Bancroft and Sioned Rogers
Redesigned and updated by: Pierre Stapley - 2010