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The Webbs and social theory

Cole, Margaret (1961) The Webbs and social theory. British Journal of Sociology, 12 (2). pp. 93-105. ISSN 1468-4446

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Abstract

Discusses whether sociologists Beatrice and Sidney Webb were social theorists at all. They substituted generalisations, which they supposedly derived from their various researches, for social theory proper, abstractions for which they had little enthusiasm. However, their influential contribution to social thinking and sociological investigation over fifty years must mean that they had some conviction or vision of how society works. The exception is the special and particular case of their long work 'Soviet Communism' which derived primarily from emotional conviction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was originally given as a lecture in the Webb Centenary Series at the London School of Economics in London, England. The full text of this article is available via the jstor.org link.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 15:36
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2015 15:37
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/630

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