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Brooks Adams (1848-1927), was an American historian and a critic of capitalism. He believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles. First, masses of people draw together in large population centers and engage in commercial activities. As their desire for wealth grows, they discard spiritual and creative values. Their greed leads to distrust and dishonesty, and eventually the society crumbles. In The Law of Civilisation and Decay (1895), Adams noted that as new popu ...
 
Brooks Adams (1848- 1927), was an American historian and a critic of capitalism. He believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles. First, masses of people draw together in large population centers and engage in commercial activities. As their desire for wealth grows, they discard spiritual and creative values. Their greed leads to distrust and dishonesty, and eventually the society crumbles. In The Law of Civilisation and Decay (1895), Adams noted that as new pop ...
 
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In this final episode of series 1 (we will be back next year) of the Social Theory Podcast I spoke to Morteza Hashemi about the great Arabic scholar Ibn Khaldun. See the end of this post for links to the episode. Khaldun was around in the 14th and 15th century and lived and traveled across the Islamic world including Tunisia, Egypt and Andalusia. K…
 
The focus of this episode is George Herbert Mead who has had a tremendous impact on sociology, psychology and philosophy. See the end of this post for links to the episode. I talk to Darren Nixon about Mead’s most famous contribution; his conceptualisation of the self as as being comprised of two parts, “I” and the “Me”. Mead’s great insight is tha…
 
In this episode I spoke with Hinnerk Freytag who is a PhD student at the European University Flensburg about the sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies. Tönnies is best known for the concepts Gemeinschaft and Gesselschaft which refer to two different kinds of societies each associated with particular kinds of “social bonds”. Central to Tönnies’ analysis is …
 
This episode features a chat with Dr Natalia Gerodetti about the early and pioneering sociologist Harriet Martineau. Natalia makes the case for Martineau as the “mother of sociology”. We discuss some of her fascinating biography and her independent and adventurous life which was far from usual for women in the nineteenth century. Martineau wrote a …
 
For episode 2 of the Social Theory Podcast I spoke to Dr Lisa Long about the monumentally important sociologist and activist WEB Du Bois. We had a really good chat about his work and its importance for sociology but it was also interesting to hear Lisa's take on his significance for criminology. It is hard to overstate what an incredible figure Du …
 
This first episode of social theory podcast discusses the work of one of the greatest thinkers of all time in any field, Karl Marx. The guests are Tom Houseman and Joseph Ibrahim both of Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Probably the best and most easily accessible source for writing by and about Marx is the Marxists Internet Archive which houses…
 
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