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Social Theory and Social Change

ISBN-10: 0312233299
ISBN-13: 9780312233297
Edition: 2000 (Revised)
Authors: Trevor Noble
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 8/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Dimensions of the Debate
Social change and social theory
Key issues for theory
Structural Effects: Adam Smith and the Unintended Consequences of Human Action
Adam Smith's influence
Structural individualism
The division of labour and the market
Conflict and classes
The invisible hand and the evolution of commercial society
Evolutionary and Neo-Evolutionary Theories: Necessity and Possibility
Evolution and progress
August Comte: the law of progress
Herbert Spencer: survival of the fittest
Some neo-evolutionists
Sahlins and Service: general adaptive capacity
Smelser: uneven structural change
Parsons: structural differentiation
Rostow: the stages of economic growth
Theories of Revolutionary Change: Marx and Contradiction
Marx's legacy
The intellectual background
The materialist conception of history
Base and superstructure
Contradictions of the capitalist mode of production
Contradictions of Marxist theory
Unfulfilled prophecies
Problems with the past
System inconsistencies
Marxist ideology
Reactionary Theories: The Loss of Community: The Persistence of Elites
Tonnies: gemeinschaft and gesellschaft
Conservative romanticism
Pareto: rational and non-rational action
The circulation of elites
Conservative cynicism
Social Action Theory: Weber
Weber's methodological individualism
Ideas and social change
Power and authority
Rationalization and the modern world
Sociological Realism: Durkheim
Social change and the emergence of individualism
Pathological forms of the division of labour
Social facts as things
Religion and the categories of thought
Systems Theories: Functional Integration and Global Convergence
The functional analogy and the interconnectedness of change
Parsons and the social system
Dependency theory: Frank and Wallerstein
Convergence theory: Kerr and Galbraith
How much more than the sum of its parts?
Modernity, Postmodernity and Postmodernism
Modernity, crisis and change
Jurgen Habermas: the legitimation of capitalism
Daniel Bell: cultural contradictions
Anthony Giddens: consequences of modernity
Postmodernity, postmodernism and after
Jean-Francois Lyotard: language and paralogy
Jean Baudrillard: postconsumerism and hyperreality
Postmodernist theory and continuing change
Continuing Change and Continuing Theory
Bibliography
Index

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