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The Rational and the Social How to Understand Science in a Social World

The Rational and the Social: How to Understand Science in a Social World

1st Edition

By James Robert Brown
May 20, 2016

To paraphrase Marx, sociologists have only interpreted science; the point is to improve it. The Rational and the Social attempts both. It begins by sketching recent sociological approaches to science, notably the strong programme – Bloor’s ‘science of science’ and Barnes’s ‘finitism’ – and that of ...

Theories of Industrial Society (RLE Social Theory)

Theories of Industrial Society (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

By Richard Badham
May 20, 2016

The concept of industrial society plays a dominant role in the social sciences. The ‘Great Divide’ between pre-industrial and industrial societies is commonly assumed to be the main bridge separating modern societies from the past, and distinguishing ‘developed’ from ‘undeveloped’ states in the ...

Choice, Rationality and Social Theory (RLE Social Theory)

Choice, Rationality and Social Theory (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

By Barry Hindess
May 13, 2016

Choice, Rationality and Social Theory is a powerful rebuttal of the remarkably influential theories underlying 'rational choice analysis'. Rational choice analysis maintains that social life is principally to be explained as the outcome of rational choices on the part of individual actors. ...

Concepts and Society

Concepts and Society

1st Edition

By Ian C. Jarvie
February 29, 2016

The main concern of Dr Jarvie’s book is the relation of belief to action. He argues that people act in society because of beliefs, because of ‘the way they see things’. There is the world of physical and social conditioning – where fixed roles, tropisms, adaptations seem to operate; there is the ...

Knowledge and Politics The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute

Knowledge and Politics: The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute

1st Edition

Edited By Volker Meja, Nico Stehr
February 29, 2016

Karl Mannheim’s Ideology and Utopia has been a profoundly provocative book. The debate about politics and social knowledge that was spawned by its original publication in 1929 attracted the most promising younger scholars, some of whom shaped the thought of several generations. The book became a ...

Sovereign Individuals of Capitalism

Sovereign Individuals of Capitalism

1st Edition

By Bryan S. Turner, Nicholas Abercrombie, Stephen Hill
February 29, 2016

In this sequel to their acclaimed The Dominant Ideology Thesis, the authors develop their analysis of the social and cultural underpinnings of modern capitalism. They confront a central assumption of western culture: namely, that the individual is sovereign, and that capitalism above all other ...

The Study of Society Methods and Problems

The Study of Society: Methods and Problems

1st Edition

Edited By F.C. Bartlett, M. Ginsberg, E. J. Lindgren, R. H. Thouless
February 29, 2016

There is today widespread recognition of the fact that the future of human civilization depends to a high degree upon Man’s capacity to understand the forces and factors which control his own behaviour. Such understanding must be achieved, not only as regards individual conduct, but equally as ...

A Sociological Approach to Social Problems

A Sociological Approach to Social Problems

1st Edition

By Noel Timms
January 20, 2016

The topics covered in this book are directly related to much of the misunderstanding of what sociology is about. It is usual nowadays to label as sociological any discussion concerned, however loosely, with ‘Society’. But a careful reading of Mr Timms’ treatment of the problem areas he has chosen ...

Civil Society

Civil Society

1st Edition

By Keith Tester
January 20, 2016

This major study discusses some of the meanings and preconditions of freedom, responsibility and social order. The author argues that these are problems of modernity. The imagination of civil society created a milieu which was at once the location and defence of social self-sufficiency in the world...

Classes, Strata and Power (RLE Social Theory)

Classes, Strata and Power (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

By Wlodzimierz Wesolowski
January 20, 2016

Professor Wesolowski presents a detailed study of Marx's theory of class structure and compares it with non-Marxist theories of social stratification, in particular the functionalist theory of stratification and the theory of power elite. He is also concerned to develop and extend the Marxist ...

Explorations in Structural Analysis Dual and Multiple Networks of Social Interaction

Explorations in Structural Analysis: Dual and Multiple Networks of Social Interaction

1st Edition

By Ronald L. Breiger
January 20, 2016

At a time when most of the innovative techniques in empirical sociology concern themselves with networks of relations among variables (such as indices of occupational prestige, education and income), the central theme of this volume is that there is much substantive insight and analytical leverage ...

Marx and Mead Contributions to a Sociology of Knowledge

Marx and Mead: Contributions to a Sociology of Knowledge

1st Edition

By Tom W. Goff
January 20, 2016

It has often been suggested that a resolution of issues generated by the sociological study of ideas might be reached through a synthesis of specific insights to be found in the works of Karl Marx and George Herbert Mead. The present study originated in an investigation of this hypothesis, ...

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