Making Sense of Social Theory A Practical Introduction

ISBN-10: 1442201193
ISBN-13: 9781442201194
Edition: 2nd 2010
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Book details

List price: $41.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Making Sense of Social Theory is unusual in treating sociology as a real science with a body of understandable, robust, and powerful theoretical insights. These theoretical insights are formalized in twelve simple axioms and twenty-three more detailed principles readers can use to predict (1) differences among people in how they think, feel, and respond, (b) changes in the structure, culture, and effectiveness of organizations, and (c) trends in societal values, conflict, and priorities.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Understanding What Theory Is About
Becoming a Better Social Scientist
Theory Is Not as Hard as It Sounds!
Sociological Theory and the Scientific Method
Thinking about the Roots, Methods, and Uses of Sociological Theory
The Historical Context for a Science of Society
Being Conscious about Theory Construction
Economics Was Not Enough
Sociology's Most Prominent Founding Figures: Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Mead
�mile Durkheim on Scientific Study of Social Facts
Karl Marx on Resistance from Below
Max Weber on Primacy of Values
George Herbert Mead on Individual Agency
Making Sense of Sociology's Theoretical Paradigms: Grasping the Basics
Structural Functionalism on Systemic Efforts to Adapt
Conflict Theory on Battles over Benefits
Symbolic Interactionism on Fluid Meaning and Action
Exchange Theory on What People Get from Others
Taking Stock of Sociological Theory: A Recap
From Metatheory to Theory in Sociology: A Compendium of Axioms and Principles
Sociology as a Coherent Discipline: Unifying Themes
Writing for Impact in the Social Sciences: Some Practical Remarks for Students
Postscript
Invitation to Further Dialogue
Notes
Quiz Answers
Index
About the Author

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