Getting Sociology Right: A Half-Century of Reflections

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Neil J. Smelser, one of the most important and influential American sociologists, traces the discipline of sociology from 1969 to the early twenty-first century in Getting Sociology Right: A Half-Century of Reflections. Examining sociology as a vocation and building on the work of Talcott Parsons, Smelser discusses his views on the discipline of sociology and shows how his perspective of the field evolved in the postwar era.

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Overview

Neil J. Smelser, one of the most important and influential American sociologists, traces the discipline of sociology from 1969 to the early twenty-first century in Getting Sociology Right: A Half-Century of Reflections. Examining sociology as a vocation and building on the work of Talcott Parsons, Smelser discusses his views on the discipline of sociology and shows how his perspective of the field evolved in the postwar era.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780520282070
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,376,288
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Neil J. Smelser is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University from 1952 to 1954. At twenty-four, he coauthored Economy and Society with Talcott Parsons. He earned his PhD in sociology from Harvard in 1958 and was a junior fellow of the Society of Fellows. From 1994 to 2001, he directed the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I Early Searching
1. The Optimum Scope of Sociology (1969)
2. Sociology and the Other Social Sciences (1967)
3. Some Personal Thoughts on the Pursuit of Sociological Problems (1969)

Part II Later Explorations
4. Biography, the Structure of Explanation, and the Evaluation of Research in Sociology (1980)
5. External
Influences on Sociology (1990)
6. Sociology’s Next Decades: Centrifugality, Conflict, Accommodation (1990)
7. Sociology as Science, Humanism, and Art (1994)
8. Problematics in the Internationalization of Social Science Knowledge (1991)
9. Social Sciences and Social Problems: The Next Century (1995)
10. The Questionable Logic of “Mistakes” in the Dynamics of Knowledge Growth in the Social Sciences (2005)

Part III Some Recent Reflections
11. Looking Back at Twenty-Five Years of Sociology and the Annual Review of Sociology (1999)
12. Sociological and
Interdisciplinary Adventures: A Personal Odyssey (2)

Afterword

Index

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