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  1. Social Theory and the Family (RLE Social Theory)

    By D.H.J. Morgan

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    An experienced teacher of courses on the sociology of the family, D.H.J. Morgan frequently encounters a gulf between ‘the family’ as it is often treated in sociological texts and ‘the family’ as it is usually experienced. In this book he provides an extremely valuable bridge between the two by...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Functionalism, Exchange and Theoretical Strategy (RLE Social Theory)

    By Michael Mulkay

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    M.J. Mulkay traces the development of certain recent versions of functionalism and exchange theory in sociology, with special attention to 'theoretical strategy'. He uses this term to refer to the policies which theorists adopt to ensure that their work contributes to their long range theoretical...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Science and the Sociology of Knowledge (RLE Social Theory)

    By Michael Mulkay

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    How far is scientific knowledge a product of social life? In addressing this question, the major contributors to the sociology of knowledge have agreed that the conclusions of science are dependent on social action only in a very special and limited sense. In Science and the Sociology of Knowledge...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Social Philosophy (RLE Social Theory)

    By Hans Fink

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    The programmes of political parties and movements are attempts to formulate policies or guidelines in relation to social change. Social philosophy concerns the fundamental issues on which those programmes divide. This introductory work gives an account of several highly influential systems of...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Talcott Parsons and the Conceptual Dilemma (RLE Social Theory)

    By Hans P.M. Adriaansens

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    This systematic analysis of the nature and development of Talcott Parson’s theory of action offers first an introduction to the conceptual paradigm upon which this theory is based – an introduction, that is, which will make Parson’s writing more easily accessible. Second, the book gives an...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Structuralist Analysis in Contemporary Social Thought (RLE Social Theory)

    A Comparison of the Theories of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Louis Althusser

    By Miriam Glucksmann

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    The primary concern of this book is to investigate whether or not structuralism constitutes a distinctive framework in the social sciences. The author focuses on two major structuralist thinkers, Louis Althusser and Claude Lévi-Strauss. She analyses and compares the structure of their theory, and...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Structure, Interaction and Social Theory (RLE Social Theory)

    By Derek Layder

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    A central problem in contemporary social theory is that of providing an account of social interaction that does justice both to the self-monitoring capacities of the individuals involved and to the society that ‘frames’ the interaction. This book attempts to resolve this problem, arguing for an...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Talcott Parsons and the Social Image of Man (RLE Social Theory)

    By Ken Menzies

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    This account of Talcott Parsons’s work clarifies his basic concepts and sets out their correlation. Dr Menzies believes that the philosophy of science working within the confines of the analytic-synthetic distinction tends to provide a rigid, static and sterile account of theories. He presents a...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Sociological Theory in Use (RLE Social Theory)

    By Kenneth Menzies

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    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...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Sociological Theory in Transition (RLE Social Theory)

    Edited by Mark L. Wardell, Stephen P. Turner

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

    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...

    Published August 7th 2014 by Routledge