This new volume of the SAGE Social Thinkers series, The Social Thought of Georg Simmel provides a concise introduction to the work, life, and influences of Georg Simmel. Horst J. Helle closely examines the writings and ideas of Simmel that introduced a new way of looking at culture and society and helped establish sociology’s place among the academic fields. The book focuses on the key intellectual concerns of Simmel, including the process of individualization, religion, private and family life, cities, and modernization. It is ideal for use as a self-contained volume or in conjunction with other sociological theory books.
"Horst Helle presents a fuller picture of Simmel's scholarship than is generally known to sociologists. In addition, he includes aspects of Simmel's sociology that is often neglected because they have not appeared in English. This is a worthwhile read not only for those being introduced to Simmel but also for those who have some familiarity with him."