Daniel Bell (Key Sociologists)

Professor Malcolm Waters

Daniel Bell is perhaps the most famous sociologist of his generation. He has been hailed as the prophet of the emergence of a new society--the post-industrial society-- and as one of the leading conservative critics of contemporary culture. Malcolm Waters presents a clear introduction to Bell's arguments and a critical appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of his work. He draws mainly on the three books that have made Bell famous, 'The End of Ideology, ' 'The Coming of Postindustrial Society' and 'The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, ' but Waters also covers lesser-known works on education and social forecasting. 'Daniel Bell' is a thoroughly comprehensive account of the work of a key, albeit highly controversial, contemporary sociological figure.

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