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.
Sociology, Phenomenology and Marxian Analysis