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Sociological Theory In Transition Rle Social Theory

Sociological Theory in Transition  RLE Social Theory  PDF
Author: Mark L. Wardell
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-07
ISBN: 1317651006
Size: 75.65 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 188
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Sociological Theory In Transition Rle Social Theory

by Mark L. Wardell, Sociological Theory In Transition Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Sociological Theory In Transition Rle Social Theory books, Current sociological theories appear to have lost their general persuasiveness in part because, unlike the theories of the ‘classical era’, they fail to maintain an integrated stance toward society, and the practical role that sociology plays in society. The authors explore various facets of this failure and possibilities for reconstructing sociological theories as integrated wholes capable of conveying a moral and political immediacy. They discuss the evolution of several concepts (for example, the social, structure, and self) and address the significant disputes (for example, structuralism versus humanism, and individual versus society) that have dominated twentieth-century sociological thought. Their ideas and analyses are directed towards an audience of students and theorists who are coming to terms with the project of sociological theory, and its relationship with moral discourses and political practice. The authors of these essays are sociological theorists from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. They are all established, but not ‘establishment’ authors. The book contains no orthodoxies, and no answers. However, the essays do contribute to identifying the range of issues that will constitute the agenda for the next generation of sociological theorists.



Sociological Theory In Use Rle Social Theory

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Author: Kenneth Menzies
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-21
ISBN: 1317657195
Size: 51.87 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 260
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Sociological Theory In Use Rle Social Theory

by Kenneth Menzies, Sociological Theory In Use Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Sociological Theory In Use Rle Social Theory books, Central to most sociologists’ self-image is the claim that their theories are based on research. However, using a random sample of 680 articles appearing in major American, British and Canadian journals, Dr Menzies shows that in some areas of sociology the wide gap between theory and research means that much of sociological theory is virtually untested. He explains how theory is embodied in eight particular types of research, critically examines these research theories, and contrasts them with the positions of modern theorists. The sample of journal articles also permits a comparison of British, American and Canadian sociology. By contrasting on how researchers us theories, Dr Menzies is able to reassess several theories. For instance, symbolic interactionist research uses embedded causal claims and stands in a dialectical relationship to other sociological research, while the research version of conflict theory depends on external causes to explain social change. The implications of using statistical techniques like factor analysis and regression are also considered in relation to the form of explanation.



Sociology And Social Research Rle Social Theory

Sociology and Social Research  RLE Social Theory  PDF
Author: Geoff Payne
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-21
ISBN: 1317650859
Size: 14.50 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 332
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Sociology And Social Research Rle Social Theory

by Geoff Payne, Sociology And Social Research Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Sociology And Social Research Rle Social Theory books, 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 British sociology. Their investigation analyses the discipline as a social institution, whose product is inexorably shaped by the everyday circumstances of its producers; it is the concrete outcome of people’s work, rather than a body of abstract ideas. Drawing upon their varied experience as teachers and researchers, they identify three major trends in contemporary sociology. First, that the discipline’s rapid expansion has led to a retreat from rigorous research into Utopian and introspective theorising. Second, that the concept of sociological research is being taught in a totally false way because of this, and encourages ‘research’ within a wholly academic environment. Third, that the current unpopularity of sociology with academics, prospective students and politicians is no coincidence, but a reflection of the conditions under which sociology is now produced and practised. In Sociology and Social Research the authors suggest substantial changes in sociological research, the way in which it is carried out and the conditions under which it is undertaken. Their book is a timely warning to fellow sociologists when the profession is under attack as a result of public expenditure cuts.



Choice Rationality And Social Theory Rle Social Theory

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Author: Barry Hindess
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-21
ISBN: 1317652134
Size: 33.84 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 138
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Choice Rationality And Social Theory Rle Social Theory

by Barry Hindess, Choice Rationality And Social Theory Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Choice Rationality And Social Theory Rle Social Theory books, Choice, Rationality and Social Theory is a powerful rebuttal of the remarkably influential theories underlying 'rational choice analysis'. Rational choice analysis maintains that social life is principally to be explained as the outcome of rational choices on the part of individual actors. Adherents of this view include not only philosophers, political scientists and sociologists, but also prominent politicians in Western governments – notably of the United Kingdom and the United States. Rational choice analysis is said to be rigorous, capable of great technical sophistication, and able to generate powerful explanations on the basis of a few, relatively simple theoretical assumptions. Barry Hindess argues that the theory is seriously deficient, first, because there are important actors in the modern world other than human individuals, and second, because it says nothing about those processes of deliberation that play an important part in actors' decisions. The use of highly questionable assumptions about actors and their rationality has the effect of closing off important areas of intellectual inquiry and ignoring the reality of certain forms of thought and the social conditions on which they depend. These points are established through detailed examination of the concepts of the actor and of rationality – providing an overall argument that constitutes a serious challenge to any adherent of rational choice analysis.



Sociological Theory Rle Social Theory

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Author: Keith Dixon
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2020-07-26
ISBN: 1000155803
Size: 28.94 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 140
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Sociological Theory Rle Social Theory

by Keith Dixon, Sociological Theory Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Sociological Theory Rle Social Theory books, Most professional sociologists claim that sociology is, or ought to be, a theoretical science. Keith Dixon argues here that this claim is formulated in such a way that a proper evaluation of its status is extremely difficult, and that the contingent objections to the possibility of sociological theorizing are sufficiently strong for such activity to be labelled as pretence. He believes that pretence to the theoretical is a hindrance to the development of sociology proper. It devalues significant empirical work by giving status to research findings only in so far as they relate to often arbitrarily conceived 'theoretical' concerns; it leads to a systematic neglect of the historical dimension in the explanation of human behaviour; and it sets up ideals of explanation whose pursuit leads to sterility, frustration and even intellectual corruption. Keith Dixon emphasizes, however, that in attacking the contingent possibility of theory, he does not mean to devalue empirical expertise, analytic skill or the exercise of disciplined speculative intelligence. The argument of his book is that intelligence can only flourish when released from the constraints of attempting to justify the unjustifiable.



Baudrillard Rle Social Theory

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Author: Mike Gane
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-21
ISBN: 1317652479
Size: 52.97 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 250
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Baudrillard Rle Social Theory

by Mike Gane, Baudrillard Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Baudrillard Rle Social Theory books, Baudrillard is widely recognised as a powerful new force in cultural and social criticism, and is often referred to as the ‘High Priest of Postmodernism’. This study presents a detached assessment of his social thought and his reputation, challenging the way his work has been received in postmodernism and proposing a new reading of his contribution to social theory. Using many sources currently available only in French, Mike Gane provides the keys to understanding Baudrillard’s project and reveals the extent and scope of Baudrillard’s challenge to modern social theory and cultural criticism. He looks at the sources of Baudrillard’s ideas, analysing how Baudrillard has turned these sources against themselves. He describes Baudrillard’s dramatic encounter with critical Marxist theory and psychoanalysis, showing how Baudrillard’s post-Marxist writings define, through the exploration of fatal theory, a new episode in cultural history: a period of cultural implosion. This balanced account of Baudrillard’s social theory emphasises the originality of his work and argues that his significance can only be understood by grasping the paradoxes of his project – Baudrillard’s work is poetic, yet, at the same time, critical and fatal.



Problems Of Reflexivity And Dialectics In Sociological Inquiry Rle Social Theory

Problems of Reflexivity and Dialectics in Sociological Inquiry  RLE Social Theory  PDF
Author: Barry Sandywell
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-21
ISBN: 1317651332
Size: 54.65 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 200
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Problems Of Reflexivity And Dialectics In Sociological Inquiry Rle Social Theory

by Barry Sandywell, Problems Of Reflexivity And Dialectics In Sociological Inquiry Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Problems Of Reflexivity And Dialectics In Sociological Inquiry Rle Social Theory books, This is a work of social theory and philosophy which seeks to make the constitution of social theory a ‘social’ activity. It is essentially a collaborative text, by five authors, committed to a re-awakening of some of the forgotten dimensions of social theorizing. The collaborative work was originally occasioned by an attempt to analyse the notion of social stratification and its treatment in the sociological tradition. The authors’ main concern here is with the nature of social theorizing, and in particular the ‘difference’ between Self and Other, being and beings, Language and Speech. The papers in the book focus on themes that are fundamental to the sense of inquiry and tradition which they are concerned to display. The themes discussed include speech, Language, Identity, Difference, Critical Tradition, Community, Metaphor, Dialectics, Observing and Reading.



Ideas And Intervention Rle Social Theory

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Author: Joe Bailey
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-13
ISBN: 1317651782
Size: 80.18 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 162
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Ideas And Intervention Rle Social Theory

by Joe Bailey, Ideas And Intervention Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Ideas And Intervention Rle Social Theory books, Theorizing in sociology has increasingly become a self-generating and self-fulfilling activity, as sociologists absorb theory as an isolated and formalist part of their discipline. Joe Bailey believes that sociological theory should be a contribution to practical social intervention. His book presents a practical view of social theorizing as an activity at which sociologists are skilled and which they could teach to the interventionist professions. The relation between theory and practice is defined as one in which theory guides practice and makes explicit necessary choices. A description of disciplines and professions is provided as a basis for examining social intervention in three areas – law, social work and urban planning. The author considers some exemplary contributions which sociological theorizing could and should provide, and concludes by proposing a pluralist view of theory as the best strategy for a sociology relevant to practice.



The Scope Of Understanding In Sociology Rle Social Theory

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Author: Werner Pelz
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-13
ISBN: 1317648447
Size: 72.98 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 294
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The Scope Of Understanding In Sociology Rle Social Theory

by Werner Pelz, The Scope Of Understanding In Sociology Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Scope Of Understanding In Sociology Rle Social Theory books, In their efforts to emulate the methodology which had proved so successful in the natural sciences, the social sciences – including sociology – have not yet faced the question as to what constitutes understanding in their area with sufficient seriousness. This book asks again: what does understanding denote in an area where man tries to understand man, where self-understanding is involved, where new understanding immediately becomes part of that which is to be understood? What can we know and what is the use and limitation of knowledge in sociology? When are we conscious that we know and understand? Werner Pelz argues for a thorough reorientation in our approach to sociological thinking, and suggests that scientistic preconceptions have often precluded possibly fruitful approaches to humane understanding. He investigates the relations between various kinds of knowing, and examines the new possibilities of understanding made available, for example, by psychoanalytical and phenomenological insights, as well as by those of poets, artists, mystics. He shows that in the social and humanistic sciences, creative or constitutive contributions illuminate rather than demonstrate, and that, for this reason, sociology has not yet found an appropriate method for conveying them without serious distortions.



Discovering Sociology Rle Social Theory

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Author: John Rex
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2014-08-21
ISBN: 1317651960
Size: 71.57 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 294
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Discovering Sociology Rle Social Theory

by John Rex, Discovering Sociology Rle Social Theory Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Discovering Sociology Rle Social Theory books, Professor John Rex was one of Britain’s most eminent sociologists, and a teacher of a whole generation of sociology students. In this book he presents a stimulating introduction to the major issues of sociological theory and gives an account of the perspective which has informed his thinking and writing. He deals with the objectives of sociological investigation, the methods it uses and how in these respects it resembles or differs from natural science and history. He goes on to discuss the work of Weber, Durkheim, Marx, Engels, Mills and other important theorists, and concludes with a convincing demonstration of the continuing relevance of the Weberian tradition to the study of sociology.