Neofunctionalism and After: Collected Readings


One of America's leading sociological theorists, Alexander coined the term "neofunctionalism" a decade ago.

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One of America's leading sociological theorists, Alexander coined the term "neofunctionalism" a decade ago.

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"The unique contribution of Jeffrey Alexander has been to develop a creative bridge between the significant components of the classical legacy and innovative advances in modern theory. In his new collection on neofunctionalism he advances the debate about Parsons and functionalism beyond the conventional platitudes about functionalist conservatism into contemporary debates about civil society, theory construction and cultural analysis. Neofunctionalism and After is a suble, thoughtful introduction to modern sociology, and in a period of nationalist rivalry, provides a global bridge between the European and North American traditions."

Bryan S. Turner, Deakin University, Australia

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Jeffrey C. Alexander is a Professor at the depatment of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has been a Fellow at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies and at SCASSS in Sweden. His other books include Twenty Lectures: Sociological Theory since World War Two (Columbia, 1987); Action and its Environments (Columbia, 1988); Fin-de-SiƩcle Social Theory (Verso, 1995); Neofunctionalism (Sage, 1985), Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates (with Steven Seidman, Cambridge, 1990).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface.



Part I: Origins of a Theoretical Project:.

1. From Functionalism to Neofunctionalism: Creating a Position in the Field of Social Theory.

2. Traditions and Competition: Preface to a Postpositivist Approach to Knowledge Cumulation.

Part II: Reinventing Parsons/Reconstructing His Tradition:.

3. Neofunctionalism Today: Reconstructing a Theoretical Tradition.

4. Parsons's Structure in American Sociology.

5. Formal Sociology Is not Multidimensional: Breaking the Code in Parsons's Fragment on Simmel.

6. On Choosing Ones Intellectual Predecessors: Why Charles Camic is Wrong About Parsons's Early Work.

7. Structure, Value, Action: What Did the Early Parsons Mean and What Should He Have Said, Instead?.

Part III: After Neofunctionalism: Its Contribution to Theory Creation Today: .

8. The New Theoretical Movement.

9. Action, Culture and Civil Society.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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