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Positivism and Sociology Explaining Social Life

Positivism and Sociology: Explaining Social Life

1st Edition

By Peter Halfpenny
January 20, 2016

Any serious attempt to explain social life has to come to terms with sociology's positivist legacy. It is a heritage on the one hand from the seventeenth-century political arithmeticians and the later moral statisticians who believed that quantification would provide the basis for a dispassionate ...

Sociology and Social Research (RLE Social Theory)

Sociology and Social Research (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

By Geoff Payne, Robert Dingwall, Judy Payne, Mick Carter
January 20, 2016

A social science which has become so remote from the society which pays for its upkeep is ultimately doomed, threatened less by repression than by intellectual contempt and financial neglect. This is the message of the authors of this book in this reassessment of the evolution and present state of ...

Structuralist Analysis in Contemporary Social Thought A Comparison of the Theories of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Louis Althusser

Structuralist Analysis in Contemporary Social Thought: A Comparison of the Theories of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Louis Althusser

1st Edition

By Miriam Glucksmann
January 20, 2016

The primary concern of this book is to investigate whether or not structuralism constitutes a distinctive framework in the social sciences. The author focuses on two major structuralist thinkers, Louis Althusser and Claude Lévi-Strauss. She analyses and compares the structure of their theory, and ...

Talcott Parsons on Economy and Society

Talcott Parsons on Economy and Society

1st Edition

By Bryan S. Turner, Robert J. Holton
January 20, 2016

'In this remarkable collection of essays, Holton and Turner demonstrate that Parsonian sociology addresses the most central problems of our time – issues of sickness and health, power and inequality, the nature of capitalism and its possible alternatives. They develop a mature and original ...

The Dominant Ideology Thesis

The Dominant Ideology Thesis

1st Edition

By Bryan S. Turner, Nicholas Abercrombie, Stephen Hill
January 20, 2016

As a radical critique of theoretical sociological orthodoxy, The Dominant Ideology Thesis has generated controversy since first publication. It has also been widely accepted, however, as a major critical appraisal of one central theoretical concern within modern Marxism and an important ...

The Normative Structure of Sociology Conservative and Emancipatory Themes in Social Thought

The Normative Structure of Sociology: Conservative and Emancipatory Themes in Social Thought

1st Edition

By Hermann Strasser
January 20, 2016

In this provocative analysis of the central issues and developments in modern social theory, Dr Strasser contends that enquiry into the function, tasks and mission of sociology as a discipline can be understood only in relation to the subject's historical development. He believes that a discussion ...

The Personal and the Political (RLE Social Theory) Social Work and Political Action

The Personal and the Political (RLE Social Theory): Social Work and Political Action

1st Edition

By Paul Halmos
January 20, 2016

Are human misery, poverty and despair a result of personal inadequacy or social injustice? Therefore is the solution to these problems psychotherapy or political action? In one of the most important books on social work for a decade, Paul Halmos tries to resolve a dilemma which many social workers ...

The Shaping of Socio-Economic Systems The application of the theory of actor-system dynamics to conflict, social power, and institutional innovation in economic life

The Shaping of Socio-Economic Systems: The application of the theory of actor-system dynamics to conflict, social power, and institutional innovation in economic life

1st Edition

By Thomas Baumgartner, Tom R. Burns, Philippe DeVille
January 20, 2016

Actor-systems dynamics is an innovative, multidisciplinary methodology for investigating and analyzing social struggles over economic resources and the related interplay between economic and socio-political institutions and processes. The authors, sociologists and economists, offer a systemic ...

Class and Space (RLE Social Theory) The Making of Urban Society

Class and Space (RLE Social Theory): The Making of Urban Society

1st Edition

Edited By Nigel Thrift, Peter Williams
December 18, 2015

This book is abut the place of space in the study of class formation. It consists of a set of papers that fix on different aspects of the human geography of class formation at different points in the history of Britain and the United States over the course of the last 200 years. The book shows that...

Interests and the Growth of Knowledge

Interests and the Growth of Knowledge

1st Edition

By Barry Barnes
December 18, 2015

Intriguingly different in approach from conventional works in the same area of inquiry, this study deals with the central problems and concerns of the sociology of knowledge as it has traditionally been conceived of. In other words, it is concerned with the relationship of knowledge, social ...

Knowledge and Social Structure An Introduction to the Classical Argument in the Sociology of Knowledge

Knowledge and Social Structure: An Introduction to the Classical Argument in the Sociology of Knowledge

1st Edition

By Peter Hamilton
December 18, 2015

The primary concern of this study is to present, elucidate and analyse the developments which have characterized the sociology of knowledge, and which have set for it the outlines of its major problematics. Peter Hamilton examines the most distinctive approaches to the determinate relationship ...

Levi-Strauss Structuralism and Sociological Theory

Levi-Strauss: Structuralism and Sociological Theory

1st Edition

By C.R. Badcock
December 18, 2015

What is the significance of Structuralism for social science? How original is Lévi-Strauss' contribution to social theory? Is he Marxist? Though Structuralism, and its leading representative Lévi-Strauss, are central to sociology, anthropology and psychology, the complexity of his work and the ...

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