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Neofunctionalism and After: Collected Readings
     

Neofunctionalism and After: Collected Readings

by Jeffrey C. Alexander
 

Neofunctionalism and After brings together for the first time in one volume all of Alexander's writings on neofunctionalism, the present volume also contains two chapters written especially for this publication. The first, "From Functionalism to Neofunctionalism: Creating a Position in the Field of Social Theory," is an autobiographical reconstruction of

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Neofunctionalism and After brings together for the first time in one volume all of Alexander's writings on neofunctionalism, the present volume also contains two chapters written especially for this publication. The first, "From Functionalism to Neofunctionalism: Creating a Position in the Field of Social Theory," is an autobiographical reconstruction of the origins of this movement. The other, "Action, Culture, and Civil Society," is an ambitious theoretical argument in which Alexander asserts that the internal contradictions of neofunctionalism inevitably lead to a new movement of theoretical reconstruction that goes beyond it.

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From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557866301
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/12/1998
Series:
Twentieth Century Social Theory Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

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-Siécle Social Theory (Verso, 1995); Neofunctionalism (Sage, 1985), Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates (with Steven Seidman, Cambridge, 1990).

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