Sociology, Phenomenology and Marxian Analysis
A Critical Discussion of the Theory and Practice of a Science of Society
By Barry Smart
Routledge – 1976 – 224 pages
Sociology is an established academic discipline but there has been continuing debate over its status as a science and the nature of its subject matter. This led to the emergence of a phenomenological sociology and to critiques of positivist sociology. This critical reappraisal of the relevance of Marxian analysis for a science of society shows how these developments within sociology have had their counterpart in Marxism.
The author analyses the status of Marx’s work and the Marxist ‘tradition’ in sociology. He focuses upon those concerns which are common to both Marxian analysis and sociology – the question of subjectivity; the nature of social reality; and the dialectical relationship of the ‘doing’ or practice of a science of society to the social world within which such social analyses are situated. Originally published in 1976.
Introduction 1. Sociology and Marxian Analysis 2. Sociological Readings of Marx 3. Phenomenological Society – An Alternative Sociology? 4. Phenomenology and Marxism 5. For a Critical Science of Society