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Rethinking Social Theory

by R Sibeon SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
02/2004
ISBN:
9780761950691
Format:
Pbk 240 pages
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AU$118.00 NZ$120.87
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Offering both description and critique of contemporary theoretical and illustrative empirical materials, the goal of this book is a renewal of sociology and social theory that will facilitate worthwhile social knowledge that contributes to an understanding of the practical problems of making sense of social theory.

The book:

Identifies and explores unresolved controversies and ambiguities in present day sociological theorizing

Offers a contribution to the theoretical development of sociology and related disciplines

Critically examines four longstanding modes of social scientific thought - reductionism, essentialism, reification and functional teleology

Develops a set of post-postmodern postulates and meta-concepts as resources for a multi-dimensional, multi-level (meta) theoretical and methodological framework

Table of Contents:

Introduction


The Legacy of Four Cardinal Sins



Metatheoretical Preliminaries


Agency-Structure and Micro-Macro


Link Between Theoretical Approaches


Three Major Contributors to Contemporary Sociological Theory


Archer, Mouzelis and Layder



Social Action, Power and Interests


Spatial Dimensions of the Social


Towards an Integrated Metatheoretical and Methodological Framework


Conclusion

Introduction
The Legacy of Four Cardinal Sins
Metatheoretical Preliminaries
Agency-Structure and Micro-Macro
Link Between Theoretical Approaches
Three Major Contributors to Contemporary Sociological Theory
Archer, Mouzelis and Layder
Social Action, Power and Interests
Spatial Dimensions of the Social
Towards an Integrated Metatheoretical and Methodological Framework
Conclusion

Roger Sibeon University of Liverpool