On theoretical sociology

five essays, old and new
Author: Robert King Merton
Publisher: Free Pr
Category: Social Science
Page: 180
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Theoretical Sociology

A Concise Introduction to Twelve Sociological Theories
Author: Jonathan H. Turner
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483321258
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 3098
What can sociological theory tell us about the basic forces that shape our world? With clarity and authority, Theoretical Sociology: A Concise Introduction to Twelve Sociological Theories, by leading theorist Jonathan H. Turner, seeks to answer this question through a brief, yet in-depth examination of twelve major sociological theories. Readers are given an opportunity to explore the foundational premise of each theory and key elements that make it distinctive. The book draws on biographical background, analysis of important works, historical influences, and other critical insights to help readers make the important connections between these monumental sociological theories and the social world in which we live. This concise resource is a perfect complement to any course that seeks to examine both classic and contemporary sociological theory.

The Meaning of General Theoretical Sociology

Tradition and Formalization
Author: Thomas J. Fararo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521437950
Category: Social Science
Page: 404
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This book sets out a generative structuralist conception of general theoretical sociology; its philosophy, its problems, and its methods. The field is defined as a comprehensive research tradition with many intersecting subtraditions that share conceptual components.

Das Fremde verstehen - Grundlagen einer kulturanthropologischen Exegese

Author: Klaus Neumann
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783825842611
Page: 631
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Classical Attempt at Theoretical Synthesis (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)

Max Weber
Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317808649
Category: Social Science
Page: 242
View: 2935
The limits of one-dimensional theory are strikingly revealed in the schools that the founders of the major sociological traditions established. In this volume Max Weber is presented as the theorist who laid out new starting points and the author considers his work as a response, in part, to the idealist tradition which (in Volume 2), he maintains that Durkheim represents. As Weber was less able to avoid ambiguity, the author examines the weaknesses and efforts at ‘paradigm revision’.

Ohnmächtiger Staat?

Über die sozialen Mechanismen staatlichen Handelns
Author: Jürgen Mackert
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531150444
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
View: 9491
Das Ende des Staates zu verkünden hat im politischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Diskurs Tradition, und so gilt staatliches Handeln seit der enttäuschten Planungseuphorie der 1970er Jahre als Synonym für Unzulänglichkeit und Ineffektivität. Mit dem Siegeszug der neoliberalen Ideologie hat sich der Ton weiter verschärft. In der aktuellen Globalisierungsdebatte gilt der Staat zumeist als Verlierer in der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Markt um die Vorherrschaft auf den "Kommandohöhen der Weltwirtschaft" und als Opfer sich naturwüchsig vollziehender Prozesse. Die vorliegende Studie widerspricht dieser Vorstellung und lässt sich von der Annahme leiten, dass der Staat ein wichtiger Akteur ist, dessen Strategien, Interventionsmaßnahmen und Regulierungen immer schon das Verhältnis der Beziehungen zwischen Staat, Ökonomie und Gemeinschaft prägen. In dieser Perspektive rückt das Handeln des Staates in den Mittelpunkt des Interesses. Aber wie handelt der Staat? Um diese Frage zu beantworten, wird im Anschluss an die kritische Diskussion aktueller soziologischer Ansätze, die auf die Erklärung sozialen Handelns, sozialer Organisation und sozialen Wandels gerichtet sind, eine Theorie mittlerer Reichweite von State-Society Relations entwickelt. Sie ermöglicht es, die sozialen Mechanismen staatlichen Handelns zu identifizieren und trägt damit zur Erklärung staatlichen Handelns bei.

Theoretical sociology; perspectives and developments

Author: John C. McKinney,Edward A. Tiryakian
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing
Category: Social Science
Page: 538
View: 5068

How Can We Solve Our Social Problems?

Author: James Crone
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 1412940664
Category: Political Science
Page: 276
View: 1810
'This book would be appropriate for an undergraduate social problems, inequality or introduction to sociology course as a supplemental text. I believe the discussion questions at the end of each chapter are especially useful. They could be used for whole class or small group discussion. I could envision using Crone's book in break out discussion groups for a large class. Many of the discussion questions would also be suitable as essay or short answer questions for examinations or writing assignments. Overall, Crone has produced a volume that will introduce students to the linkages between social problems and social theory and to thinking sociologically about social problems.' ùTEACHING SOCIOLOGYáHow Can We Solve Our Social Problems? discusses how we can take specific, realistic steps to solve a number of the worldÆs social problems. Author James Crone maintains a sense of sociological objectivity throughout, and without moralizing, describes what could be done to solve some of the most pervasive social problems in America today. The suggestions in this book help students realize that we can take actionùwe can take steps to solve our social problems. Key Features:áá Presents a theory of conflict and social change: The author introduces his own theory replete with theoretical propositions and causal model so readers can more readily see the process of a social problem and where it is along the path of being solved. Gives students studying social problems a sense of hope: Realistic suggestions help readers realize that a number of tangible steps can be taken to solve or at least ameliorate our social problems. Examines eleven specific social problems in American society: The book examines such issues as poverty, racial and ethnic inequality, unequal education, environmental problems, and much more, and illustrates how solving one social problem can also help ameliorate another social problem. Encourages students to think sociologically: While each social problem described is tied back to a theoretical perspective, students are encouraged to gain an appreciation of how social conditions greatly affect what we think, what we believe, and how we act. Intended Audience:áá This is an excellent supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Social Problems, Social Change, Social Policy, Urban Sociology, Public Policy, and Social Welfare in the departments of Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, International Studies, and Economics.Using this book with core SOCIAL PROBLEMS textbooks:Click 'Sample Materials and Chapters' at left for a matrix that shows you how to effectively use this text in conjunction with your current core textbook!Contact the author at [email protected] or at 812.866.7363 for any questions or feedback. He looks forward to hearing from you.

Max Weber's Economy and Society

A Critical Companion
Author: Charles Camic,Philip S. Gorski,David M. Trubek
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804747172
Category: Social Science
Page: 403
View: 6866
This book provides an indispensable introduction to Weber's Economy and Society, and should be mandatory reading for social scientists who are interested in Weber. The various contributions to this volume, all written by important Weberian scholars, present the culmination of decades of debates about Weber's various concepts and theories. They are sure guides in the maze of conflicting interpretations, and draw out the implications of Weber's sociology for understanding social change in the 21st century. Gil Eyal, Columbia University Many will value this as the best collection of essays on Max Weber in the English language. It surpasses prior studies in using Weber and the world of his endeavors as entry points into the central issues of social science today. Richard Biernacki, University of California, San Diego"

Social Action Systems

Foundation and Synthesis in Sociological Theory
Author: Thomas J. Fararo
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275973629
Category: Social Science
Page: 319
View: 4248
Employing a process philosophical approach, Fararo studies general theoretical sociology as a time-extended tradition with three phases: classical, postclassical, and recent. The author especially focuses on the work of Talcott Parsons and George Homans, two contemporary theorists whose common aspiration was to forge a theoretical foundation for sociology that would serve to unify and integrate all theories growing out of sociological research. Ultimately, the book offers a unique perspective on sociological theory by carefully distinguishing other intellectual orientations from that of general theory.

e-Study Guide for: Theoretical Principles of Sociology, Volume 1: Macrodynamics by Jonathan H. Turner, ISBN 9781441962270

Author: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 1619062380
Category: Education
Page: 5
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Never Highlight a Book Again! Just the FACTS101 study guides give the student the textbook outlines, highlights, practice quizzes and optional access to the full practice tests for their textbook.

The Rise and Fall of the Elites

An Application of Theoretical Sociology
Author: Vilfredo Pareto
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 0887388728
Category: Social Science
Page: 120
View: 7636
Combining a thorough introduction to the work of nineteenth-and early twentieth-century Italian social theorist Vilfredo Pareto with a highly readable English translation of Pareto's last monograph "Generalizations," originally published in 1920, this work illustrates how and why democratic forms of government undergo decay and are eventually reinvigorated. More than any other social scientist of his generation, Pareto offers a well-developed, articulate, and compelling theory of change based on a Newtonian vision of science and an engineering model of social equilibrium. This dynamic involves a shifting balance among the countervailing forces of centralization and decentralization of power, economic expansion and contraction, and liberalism versus traditionalism in public sentiment. By 1920, Pareto had developed a scheme for predicting shifts in magnitude of these forces and subsequent change in the character of society. This book will be of interest to students, teachers, or general readers interested in political science, sociology and late-nineteenth/ early-twentieth century social theory. Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) was a pioneer in the field of econometrics, but gained fame, most of it posthumous, through his contributions to sociology and political science. Though often claimed by activist-rightist groups and a contributor to fascist thinking, he avoided alignment with any political movement.

Cross-national family research, ed

Author: Marvin Bernard Sussman,Betty E. Cogswell
Publisher: Brill Archive
ISBN: 9789004034129
Category: Families
Page: 225
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Theoretical Thinking in Sociology

Author: William Skidmore
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521296069
Category: Social Science
Page: 271
View: 8596
Sociological theory has typically been studied in three types of courses: history of sociological thought, modern sociological perspectives, and philosophy of science. Theoretical Thinking in Sociology is a book that combines all three of these approaches and covers four main themes in sociological theory - exchange theory, functionalism, symbolic interaction and ethnomethodology. Although each theory takes a different approach to the task of explaining social order, all are presented with an emphasis on theoretical thinking. In addition to outlining these theories, the author describes in detail the theoretical problems faced by leading sociological theorists and their solutions to them, and presents theory as a creative intellectual development. The book reviews significant problems from the history of theory in sociology, and discusses research literature and the relationship of this research to its theoretical field. Each chapter of this 1979 second edition ends with a summary, topics for discussion, essay questions, and suggestions for further reading.

Rethinking Social Theory

Author: Roger Sibeon
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1847871615
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
View: 3978
Roger Sibeon's distinctive new book forms part of a movement towards what many others have referred to as the `return' to sociological theory and method. Offering both description and critique of contemporary theoretical and illustrative empirical materials, the goal of this book is a renewal of sociology and social theory that will facilitate worthwhile social knowledge that contributes to an understanding of the practical problems of making sense of social theory.

Handbook of Sports Studies

Author: Jay Coakley,Eric Dunning
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446265056
Category: Social Science
Page: 570
View: 1373
Now available in paperback, this vital handbook marks the development of sports studies as a major new discipline within the social sciences. Edited by the leading sociologist of sport, Eric Dunning, and Jay Coakley, author of the best selling textbook on sport in the USA, it both reflects and richly endorses this new found status. Key aspects of the Handbook include: an inventory of the principal achievements in the field; a guide to the chief conflicts and difficulties in the theory and research process; a rallying point for researchers who are established or new to the field, which sets the agenda for future developments; a resource book for teachers who wish to establish new curricula and develop courses and programmes in the area of sports studies. With an international and inter-disciplinary team of contributors the Handbook of Sports Studies is comprehensive in scope, relevant in content and far-reaching in its discussion of future prospect.

Polish Essays in the Methodology of the Social Sciences

Author: J. Wiatr
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400993536
Category: Science
Page: 271
View: 619
Modern philosophy has benefited immensely from the intelligence, and sensitivity, the creative and critical energies, and the lucidity of Polish scholars. Their investigations into the logical and methodological foundations of mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, ethics and esthetics, psychology, linguistics, economics and jurisprudence, and the social science- all are marked by profound and imaginative work. To the centers of empiricist philosophy of science in Vienna, Berlin and Cambridge during the first half of this century, one always added the great school of analytic and methodol ogical studies in Warsaw and Lwow. To the world centers of Marxist theoretical practice in Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Rome and elsewhere, one must add the Poland of the same era, from Ludwik Krzywicki (1859-1941) onward. American socialists and economists will remember the careful work of Oscar Lange, working among us for many years and then after 1945 in Warsaw, always humane, logical, objective. In this volume, our friend and colleague, Jerzy J. Wiatr, has assembled a representative set of recent essays by Polish social scientists and philosophers. Each of these might lead the reader far beyond this book, to look into the Polish Sociological Bulletin which has been publishing Polish sociological studies in English for several decades, to study other translations of books and papers by these authors, and to reflect upon the interplay of logical, phenomenological, Marxist, empiricist and historical learning in modern Polish social understanding.

Metatheorizing in Sociology

Author: George Ritzer
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Social Science
Page: 362
View: 3169