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The Meaning of General Theoretical Sociology : Tradition and Formalization - Thomas J. Fararo

The Meaning of General Theoretical Sociology

Tradition and Formalization

Paperback Published: 25th January 1993
ISBN: 9780521437950
Number Of Pages: 404

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Describing the field of sociology as a comprehensive research tradition, this book analyzes the field's various sub-traditions, and demonstrates that many of these traditions not only intersect, but share conceptual components. In close analyses of its central theoretical elements, the author develops an integrative philosophy of the field. Classical traditions in sociological thought are honored and utilized while newer methodologies, such as process studies, ethnomethodology, and network analysis, are incorporated. The emphasis of the book is on the formalization and unification of processes in order to advance the state of theory today. Along the way, numerous conceptual issues and methodological problems of interest in contemporary sociological theory are discussed.

"...a major work...thoughtful, provocative, and substantial...Fararo has demonstrated that he is the best formal theorist sociology now has." Lee Freese, Contemporary Sociology "...an important and provocative book by a thoughtful, comprehensive, and powerful thinker...Theoretical sociologists will ignore it at their peril." |f Joseph Woelfel, Social Forces "The combination of philosophical issues, sociological questions, and theoretical methods that characterizes Fararo's book makes it likely that the book will become a standard reference for working theorists." American Journal of Sociology

List of figures and tables
Preface
Introduction
A philosophy of general theoretical sociology
Dynamical social systems and the key problems
Action theory and social order
Structuralism unification
Summary
Notes
References
Index of names
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521437950
ISBN-10: 0521437954
Series: American Sociological Association Rose Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 25th January 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54

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