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Making Sense of Social Theory A Practical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0742530477

ISBN-13: 9780742530478

Edition: 2004

Authors: Charles H. Powers

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This introductory text offers an overview of sociological theory, stressing the view that sociology's core theories & sociological research are symbiotic.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Understanding What Theory Is About
Embracing the Subject: Becoming a Better Social Scientist by Learning More about Sociological Theory
Axioms and Principles: Theory Is Not as Hard as It Sounds!
Sociological Theory and the Scientific Method: Science Is Supposed to Test and Ultimately Transform Theory
Sociology's Most Prominent Founding Figures
The Historical Context for a Science of Society: A Healthy Regard for the High Cost of Chaos
Emile Durkheim and the Birth of Scientific Sociology
Markets versus Other Forms of Organization: The Intellectual Backdrop of Early Sociology
Karl Marx and the Organization of Resistance from Below: Recognizing the Opposing Interests of Different Groups
Max Weber and the Primacy of Values: Moving Past Economic Determinism
Agency in the Work of George Herbert Mead: Individuals Working Together to Produce Social Reality
Chicago Community Studies and the Birth of Urban Ethnography
Making Sense of Sociology's Theoretical Paradigms - Grasping the Basics
Talcott Parsons and Structural-Functionalism Made Easy: Systems Change When Needs Are Not Met
Conflict Theory: Always Ask Who Benefits
Symbolic Interactionism in Everyday Life: People Make a Difference
Exchange Theory in the Background: Everyone Has Motives
Taking Stock of Sociological Theory - A Recap
Sociology as a Coherent Discipline Rather Than an Incoherent Discipline: Keeping the Whole Forest in View
Postscript
Invitation to Further Dialogue
Compendium of Axioms: Twelve Commonly Made Assumptions Helping Us to Make Predictions
Compendium of Principles: Eighteen Testable Laws for Sociology
Quiz Answers
Index
About the Author