A History and Theory of the Social Sciences: Not All That Is Solid Melts into Air

A History and Theory of the Social Sciences: Not All That Is Solid Melts into Air

by Peter Wagner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761965696

ISBN-13: 9780761965695

Pub. Date: 09/10/2001

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the 'organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the 'rationalistic revolution' of the 'golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the

Overview

Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the 'organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the 'rationalistic revolution' of the 'golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the 'collectivist alternative': the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social scie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761965695
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/10/2001
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: RECONSIDERING THE HISTORY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
As a Philosophical Science Unjustifiable, as an Empirical Science Anything Else but New
Classical Sociology and the First Crisis of Modernity
Time of Politics, and Not of Law
Political Analysis during the First Crisis of Modernity
Adjusting Social Relations
Social Science and the Organization of Modernity
The Mythical Promise of Societal Renewal
Social Science and Reform Coalitions
Out of Step
The Social Sciences in the Second Crisis of Modernity
PART TWO: RETHINKING KEY CONCEPTS OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Choice and Decision-Making
Action and Institution
Culture (with Heidrun Friese)
Society
Polity
Modernity

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >