Most of the information contained below came from these three web sites:
Dead Sociologists Index - This is a list of the various theorists along with some biographical information and a short summary of their work.
Great Thinkers and Visionaries - This site discusses the live and works of many great thinkers.
Timeline of Sociology from 1600 - This site offers a chronological list of sociologists.
None of these sites, nor does this list, contain a complete listing of  sociologists and their important contributions to Sociology.

ATTENTION: The information in this section is subject to rapid change. Therefore, these links may not be valid from one visit to the next. Every attempt is made to keep them current.

Adorno, Theodor W. Baudrillard, Jean Becker, Howard S.
Bell, Daniel Berger, Peter L. Bhaskar, Roy
Blau, Peter Blumer, Herbert Bourdieu, Pierre
Coleman, James S. Collins, Randall Comte, Auguste
Cooley, Charles Horton Coser, Lewis Dahrendorf, Ralf
Durkheim, Emile Elias, Norbert Elster, Jon
Foucault, Michel Garfinkel, Harold Giddens, Anthony
Goffman, Erving Gouldner, Alvin W. Gramsci, Antonio
Habermas, Jürgen Homans, George, C. Inglehart, Bob
Lévi-Strauss, Claude Luckmann, Thomas Luhman, Niklas
Marcuse, Herbert Harriet Martineau Marx, Karl
Merton, Robert, K. Michels, Robert Mead, George Herbert
Offe, Claus Pareto, Vilfredo Mills, Charles Wright
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Simmel, Georg Parsons, Talcott
Spencer, Herbert Taylor, Frederick Winslow Sorokin, Pitirim A.
Tocqueville, Alexis de Veblen, Thorsten Thomas, W.I.
Weber, Max Willis, Paul Wallerstein, Immanuel
Jane Adams Robert Park W.E.B. DuBois

Web Page Title


Jane Adams Biography
  Jane Addams on Cultural Feminism
  Addams on Women and the Larger Society
  Addams and Working Women
  A Final Evaluation of Addams' Contribution to Sociology
  The End of Addams' Career as a Sociologist
  Hull-House Maps and Papers
  Peace and Bread in Time of War
  Twenty Years at Hull-House
Adorno, Theodor W. [1903-1969] Dialectics at a Standstill A Methodological Inquiry Into the Philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno.
Baudrillard, Jean The World of Jean Baudrillard - An extensive annotated bibliography on Marxian postmodernist Jean Baudrillard.
Becker, Howard S. Howie's Home Page - A living sociologist who created this page primarily to make things he has written and published in obscure places available to anyone who wants them.
  Theory: The Necessary Evil - Becker explains why some qualitative researchers in education have begun to question the epistemological premises of their work. 'Attacks on qualitative research used to come exclusively from the methodological right, from the proponents of positivism and statistical and experimental rigor. But now the attack comes from the cultural studies left as well, from the proponents of the "new ethnography," who argue that there is no such thing as "objective knowledge" and that qualitative research is no more than an insidious disguise for the old enemy of positivism and pseudo-objectivity.'
Bell, Daniel The Coming of Post-Industrial Society [1973] ch. 6 (pp. 339-68).
Berger, Peter L. and Luckmann, Thomas Society as a Human Product - From: The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise its the Sociology of Knowledge. Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, pp. 51-55, 59-61.
Bhaskar, Roy

Info on Bhaskar, and an archiveof his works.

Blau, Peter Social Exchange - From: Exchange and Power in Social Life. New York: Wiley, pp. 88-97.
  A Formal Theory of Differentiation in Organizations - American Sociological Review 25 (1970): 201-18.
Blumer, Herbert Symbolic Interactionism as defined by Herbert Blumer by: C. Dodd Harris (House Atreides).
Bourdieu, Pierre Bibliography
  Bourdieu Forum  A forum for the discussion of the topics related to Bourdieu. To subscribe to this forum, send <subscribe bourdieu> to
Bourdieu and Marx Value and Capital
  Bibliography of works from by Pierre Bourdieu from the Center for the Sociology of Education and Culture, and the Group for Political and Moral Sociology.
  Outline of a Theory of Practice - Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. 1977.

Coleman, James S.
[born: 1926]

Collins, Randall  The Basics of Conflict Theory -  [1974] From: pp. 56-61. Conflict Sociology. New York: Academic Press
  Credential Crisis -  [1979] The Credential Society. New York: Academic Press, pp. 191-204.
Comte, Auguste [1798-1857] On the Positivistic Approach to Society
  Comte Bibliography - Works by and about Auguste Comte.
Cooley, Charles Horton Biography
  The Looking Glass Self - From: Charles Horton Cooley [1902] Human Nature and the Social Order. New York: Scribner's, pp.179-85.
  On Primary Groups - From: Charles Horton Cooley [1909] Social Organization: A Study of the Larger Mind. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 25-31.
Coser, Lewis Functions of Social Conflict - From: Lewis Coser [1956] The Functions of Social Conflict. Glencoe, IL: Free Press, pp. 151-7.
Dahrendorf, Ralf [born: 1929] The Classes: The unwritten 52nd Chapter of Volume III of Marx's Capital - From: Ralf Dahrendorf [1959] Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society . Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 3-18.
  Classes in Post-Capitalist Society - From: Ralf Dahrendorf [1959] Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 241-8.
W.E.B. DuBois Biography
  Philadelphia Negro
  The Souls of Black Folk
  Work for Peace
Durkheim, Emile [1858-1917] The Durkheim Pages - Devoted to the presentation of information concerning Emile Durkheim. It contents some full texts, a complete bibliography of Durkheim's work, and a timeline describing important events related to Durkheim and the Third French Republic.
  What is a social fact? - From: Emile Durkheim [1982] The Rules of the Sociological Method (Ed. by Steven Lukes; trans. by W.D. Halls). New York: Free Press, pp. 50-9.
  On the Normality of Crime - TS, pp. 872-76.
  Anomic Suicide - TS, pp. 916-29.
  Types of Suicide - TS, pp. 213-18.
  Functional Explanation
  Individual and Society
  The Sociology of Knowledge
  The Sociology of Religion
  On the Division of Labor - From: Emile Durkheim [1947] The Division of Labor in Society (Translated by George Simpson). New York: The Free Press.
  The Elementary forms of the Religious Life. New York: Free Press. 'Introduction'; book 1, ch. 1 ('Definition of Religious Phenomena and of Religion'); book 2, ch. 7 ('Origins of the Idea of the Totemic Principle of Mana's'); 'Conclusion'.
  The Person - from: Coser [1977: 143-44].
  Durkheim and Women
Elias, Norbert [1897-1990] Norbert Elias - Key Sociologist  by Robert van Krieken (University of Sydney).
  Norbert Elias and Process Sociology - Identifies and provides internet resources for all social scientists working with the ideas of Norbert Elias and process sociology. They have a special discussion group "Elias-I listserv". You can contact them directly by e-mail at: Robert van Krieken
  Elias Interview: 'We have not learnt to control nature and ourselves enough'. By: Aafke Steenhuis. Originally: De Groene Amsterdammer 16.5.1984, pp. 10-11.
  Processes of State formation and Nation Building - Elias' 1970 ISA paper.
  Elias Papers in Marbach am Neckar - These unpublished papers of Norbert Elias are available for research purposes.
  Literature and Process Sociology
  Elias Bibliographies by Robert van Krieken.
Elster, Jon Social Sciences - The Works of Jon Elster - An overview of all the works of Jon Elster (articles, books, reviews, debates).
Foucault, Michel [1926 - 1984] A few well annotated references to Michel Foucault
  Philosopher All-Stars: Michael Foucault
Garfinkel, Harold [1917-] Some essential features of common understandings - From: Harold Garfinkel [1967/84] Studies in Ethnomethodology. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice- Hall, pp. 38-44, 75.
  Studies of the Routine Grounds of Everyday Activities - From: Harold Garfinkel [1967] Studies in Ethnomethodology. Polity Press, ch. 2.
Giddens, Anthony Living in the World: Dilemmas of the Self - From: Anthony Giddens [1991] Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age, Stanford,CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 187-201.
Goffman, Erving The Arts of Impression Management - From: Erving Goffman [1959] The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Doubleday, pp. 208-12.
  Presentation of Self - From Erving Goffman [1959] The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Doubleday, pp. 22-30, 70-76.
Gouldner, Alvin W. The Norm of Reciprocity - From Alvin W. Gouldner [1960] "The Norm of Reciprocity: A Preliminary Statement." American Sociological Review 25: 161-78.
Gramsci, Antonio [1891-1937] Resources on Antonio Gramsci
  International Gramsci Society Newsletters
Habermas, Jürgen [1929-] Theorems of Legitimation Crisis - From: J. Habermas [1975] Legitimation Crisis (transl. by Thomas McCarthy) Boston: Benon Press, pp. 68-75.
  Habermas Info, Archive, and Papers - From: Spoon Collective.
  An Introduction to Jürgen Habermas - Steve Stickle
Homans, George, C. [1910-1989] General Propositions - From: George C. Homans [1974] Elementary Forms of Social Behavior, (2nd Ed.), New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Inglehart, Bob Culture Shift [1980] - Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 15-83, 371-92.
Lévi-Strauss, Claude [1908 -] The Structural Study of Myth - From: Claude Lévi-Strauss [1963 Structural Anthropology. New York: Basic Books, pp. 202-12.
Luhman, Niklas Autopoietic Theory and Social Systems: Theory and Practice - by: Randall Whitaker.
  Bibliographical Books
  Bibliographical Articles
Marcuse, Herbert  [1898-1979] Biography by Dougals Keller
  From 1984 to One-Dimensional Man by Douglas Keller
  Marcuse, Liberation, and Radical Ecology by Douglas Keller
Harriet Martineau Biography
  Society in America
  Harriet Martineau's Feminism
  Household Education
  On Women's Education
  On Women's Rights
  On Marriage
  Writer's Resolutions
Marx, Karl [1818-1883] Marxism Page - Contains plain text files of Marxist classics, introductions to Marxist politics, contemporary marxist material etc. Created by: Rick Kuhn.
  Marx/Engels Archive - Colorado. Contains a library (a chronology of the works of Marx and Engels), a biographical archive, a photo gallery, other Marxist writers (like Lenin, Riazanov, Trotsky, and Pannekoek) and a search engine that searches the entire Marx/Engels Internet Library.
  The Communist Manifesto
  Class Theory
  The Overall Doctrine
  The Sociology of Knowledge
  Marx/Engels' Writings
  Marxism/Leninism Project - Contains a Marxism and a Leninism section, biographies of notable marxists, a bookstore, an image archive, and many links to other marxist sites. Created by: D. Jaynes.
  The Spoon Marxism Space
  The Socialist Theory Page - Economic Democracy Information Network
  The Karl Marx Page is hosted and maintained by Cardiff University and offers works about Marx and works by Marx. An important aspect of this site is that it offers a lot of background on Marx.
Mead, George Herbert [1863-1931] George's Page - A document repository for the publications of Mead. The page also provides access to related publications by other writers, including sources documents referenced by Mead, some biographical and historical notes, and commentaries on Mead's work. This site is a part of the Mead Project at the Department of Sociology, Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
  Bibliography - Works in the Public Domain
  Bibliography - Works protected by copyright
  Fragments - From: TS, pp. 163-617 ('The I and the Me'), pp. 739-40 ('Taking the Role of the Other'), pp. 829-30 ('Internalized Others and the Self'), pp. 999-1004 ('From Gesture to Symbol').
  The "I" and the "Me"
  On Mind as the Product of Social Interaction - From: George Herbert Mead [1934] Mind, Self, and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Merton, Robert, K. [1910-] Bureaucratic Structure and Personality - From: Robert K. Merton [1957] Social Theory and Social Structure. Glencoe, IL: Free Press, pp. 195-206.
  Manifest and Latent Functions - From: Robert K. Merton [1957] Social Theory and Social Structure. Glencoe, IL: Free Press, pp. 60 - 69.
  The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations - Edited by Norman W. Storer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973, ch. 1 ('Paradigm for the Sociology of Knowledge'), ch. 13 ('The Normative Structure of Science'), ch. 14 ('Priorities in Scientific Discovery').
  The Unanticipated Consequences of Human Action: Structure-Functionalist Theory of Robert K. Merton by: C. Dodd Harris (House Atreides).
  Questioning Functionalism: The Distinguished Career of Robert Merton - An article on Merton's Contribution to the Social Sciences, written by Lawrence Lanahan (St. Mary's College, USA).
Michels, Robert Iron Law of Oligarchy - From: Robert Michels [1966] Political Parties. New York: Free Press Paperback, pp. 61-62, 65-73, 81-84, 87-89, 99-100, 103-4, 109-11, 167-68, 170-71, 172-73, 177-80, 364-71.
Mills, Charles Wright [1916-1962] The Power Elite - From: C. Wright Mills [1957] The Power Elite. New York: Harper, pp. 269-97.
  Professional Sociology: The Case of C. Wright Mills by: Howard S. Becker. In: Ray Rist (ed.) [1994] The Democratic Imagination: Dialogues on the Work of Irving Louis Horowitz. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, pp. 175-87.
Offe, Claus Challenging the Boundaries of Institutional Politics: Social Movements since the 1960s [1987] - In: Charles S. Maier (ed.) [1987] Challenging the Boundaries of the Political. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 63-106.
Pareto, Vilfredo [1848-1923] Biography
  Circulation of the Elites - From Vilfredo Pareto [1935] The Mind and Society, ed. Arthur Livingston trans. Andrew Bongiomo (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co.), Vols. III and IV, Sections 2026-9 and Sections 2233-6.
  The Lions and the Foxes
  Logical and Nonlogical Action
  Residues and Derivatives
  Subjective Intentions and Objective Consequences
  The Theory of Elites and the Circulation of Elites
  Two Types of Nonlogical Theories
Robert Park Biography
  The Biotic Order and the Social Order
  Competition, Conflict, Accommodation and Assimilation
  The Self and the Social Role
  Social Change
Parsons, Talcott [1902-1979] Talcott Parsons on Institutions and Social Evolution: Selected Writings - Edited by Leon R. Mayhew. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982, chs. 1-5 (early writings), ch. 6 ('The Pattern Variables'), ch. 7 ('Integration and Institutionalization'), ch. 9 ('Illness and the Role of the Physician'), ch. 15 ('On the Concept of Influence'), ch. 19 ('Evolutionary Universals in Society').
  Suggestions for a Sociological Approach to the Theory of Organizations - Administrative Science Quarterly (1956):63-85, 225-39.
  Sex Roles in American Kinship System - From: Parsons [1954] "The Kinship System of the Contemporary United States", Essays in Sociological Theory. New York: Free Press, pp. 189-94.
  The Professions and Social Structure - Essays in Sociological Theory. Glencle IL; Free Press, 1954, ch. 2.
  An Outline of the Social System, pp. 30-79
  Action Systems and Social Systems - From: Talcott Parsons [1971] The System of Modern Societies. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, pp.4-8.
  Unit Act of Social Systems - Introduction from Charles Lemert, Social Theory. New York: Harper, 1991, p. 231.
  Age and Sexin the Social Structure of the U.S. - Essays in Sociological Theory. Glencle IL; Free Press, 1954, ch. 5.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques [1712-1788] The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1782) - Translated by W. Conyngham Mallory.
  On the Social Contract
  Rousseau - Bjorn Christensson Guide to Philosophy.
  Rousseau's Page
Rousseau Discussion List. To subscribe send the message "SUB rousseau" to
Simmel, Georg [1858-1918] The Person - from: Coser [1977:194-95].
  On Individuality and Social Forms- Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Ch. 9 ('Sociability'), ch. 16 ('Subjective Culture').
  The Stranger - From Kurt Wolff (Trans.) [1950] The Sociology of Georg Simmel. New York: Free Press, pp. 402-8.
  Social Types
  The Dialectical Method in Simmel's Sociology
  The Significance of Numbers for Social Life
  Conflict as Sociation - From Kurt H. Wolff, (Trans.) [1950] The Sociology of Georg Simmel. Glencoe, IL: The Free Press, pp. 13-17.
  How is Society Possible? - American Journal of Sociology, vol. 16, 1910-11.
  Georg Simmel Web Site - This site is hosted and maintained by Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. It includes several works by Simmel and several works about Simmel.
Sorokin, Pitirim A. [1889-1968] Sociology of Knowledge - from: Coser [1977:469-72].
  Social Mobility
  The Person
Spencer, Herbert [1820-1903] Principles of Sociology
  The Nature of Society
  The Man Versus the State (1884)
  Individualism Versus Organicism
  Noninterventions and the Survival of the Fittest
Taylor, Frederick Winslow [1856-1915] A Classified Guide to the Frederick Winslow Taylor Collection - Elizabeth Gardner Hayward. Contains original manuscripts, drawings, artifacts and books by and about Frederick Winslow Taylor, Class of 1883, originator of Scientific Management. There is a special search page on Taylor.
  The F. W. Taylor Project - The F. W. Taylor Project is preserving and disseminating the F. W. Taylor Collection at the Stevens Institute of Technology by establishing the on-line Taylor archive to digitally store and represent the contents of the collection. 
  The Taylor archive is described in the Introduction to the Taylor Archive and can be accessed by completing the brief tutorial. Editor: Robert R. Downs.
  Taylorism - Paper written by: Vincenzo Sandrone.
Thomas, W.I. Biography
  Definition of the Situation - From: W. I. Thomas [1923] The Unadjusted Girl. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co.
  Thomas' Situational Analysis
Tocqueville, Alexis de [1805-1859] Democracy in America [1835]
Veblen, Thorsten [1857-1929].

Conspicuous Consumption - From Thorstein Veblen [1902] The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions. New York:Macmillan, pp. 68-101.

  Biographical information
  The Barbarian Status of Women - American Journal of Sociology, vol. 4, 1898-9
  The Beginning of Ownership - American Journal of Sociology, vol. 4, 1898-9.
  The Theory of Business Enterprise (1904) (text files at McMaster).
  The Socialist Economics of Karl Marx and his Followers (Part 1) - The Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 20, 1906.
  The Socialist Economics of Karl Marx and his Followers (Part 2) - The Substance of Lectures before students in Harvard University in April, 1906 (text files at McMaster).
  The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899) (Chapter 1 - 14) (text files at McMaster).
Wallerstein, Immanuel World System Theory - From Immanuel Wallerstein [1976] The Modern World-System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century. New York: Academic Press, pp. 229-33.
Weber, Max [1864-1920] Basic Terms (The Fundamental Concepts of Sociology) - Max Weber, Economy and Society. Edited by Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich. New York: Bedminister Press, 1968, vol. 1., pp.3-38.
  Bureaucracy - From: Max Weber, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, part III, chap. 6, pp. 650-78.
  Max Weber's Life and Work (Coser 1977).
  Causality and Probability
  Class, Status, and Power or idem from Society for Social Research (SSR).
  The Function of Ideas
  The Ideal Type
  Natural Science, Social Science, and Value Relevance
  The Meaning and Presuppositions of Modern Capitalism - From: General Economic History. New York: Collier, 1961, chs. 22, 27-30.
  Objectivity in Social Science and Social Policy - in: The Methodology of the Social Sciences. ed. Edward A. Shils and Henry A. Finch.
  Politics as a Vocation - From: Essays in Sociology. Translated by Hans H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York: Oxford University Press, 1946, pp. 77-156, 267-301, 323-59
  The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism - From: Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Scribner's Press, 1958, pp.47-78.
  Rationalization and Disenchantment
  The Social Psychology of World Religions - in: Theory and Society.
  Legitimate Domination - From: Economy and Society. Edited by Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich. New York: Bedminister Press, 1968, vol. 1, Conceptual Exposition, 212-54. or Types of Authority
  Weber bibliography
  Elwell, Frank (Murray State Univ., USA): Verstehen: Max Weber's Home Page
  Kuchenbrod, Matthias: Unternehmerethos und Asketischer Protestantismus. Max Weber (1864-1920) - A reconstruction of the argumentation and the theoretical background of the so called "Weber-Thesis", that certain parts of the Protestant theology, especially John Calvin's (1509-1564) doctrines of vocation and predestination were the most important roots of the modern manner of entrepreneurship.
  Spilker, Dirk Das Bürokratiemodell Max Webers und dessen Bezüge zur Unternehmertheorie - The bureaucracy model of Weber and his references to a theory of the firm.
Willis, Paul Learning to Labor: How the Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs - New York: Columbia Univ. Press [1977/81], chs. 2, 8.