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Written by eminent sociologists, this book introduces and assesses some of the most influential, recent sociological theories. Each chapter explains the theory and describes a related program of empirical research. Chapters are authored by the actual founders (and/or leading exponents) of these theoretical programs; many chapters contain a description of the inception, growth, and present status of the theoretical program. The book covers a broad range of sociological concerns, from the investigation of power and status processes, to social movements and revolutions, to organizational and institutional structures, to world system analysis. Accessibly written for a wide sociological audience, this book is an invaluable introduction for undergraduates and graduates to sociology's most important theoretical advances.

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Editorial Reviews

Berger and Zelditch (both sociology, Stanford U.) introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the diversity of some of the most significant theories in contemporary sociology. Most of the 13 chapters were originally papers commissioned for a conference on sociological theory sponsored by the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association in 2000. Each of the chapters analyzes the growth of a particular program of theoretical research over time, and was written by either the creator(s) of the program's original theoretical formulation or a leading theorist working in the program. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Contemporary Sociology
This is a very worthwhile book that will appeal to those already conversant with theoretical research programs and who are looking for recent applications of work conducted under this rubric. It will also interest and challenge those who work within different theoretical traditions or who define and see theory in different ways.
Educational Book Review
This new collection from the eminent sociologists introduced some of the most influential sociological theories. Written for the wide sociological audience, this book is an invaluable introduction for undergraduates and graduates to sociology's most important theoretical advances.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742508699
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Berger and Morris Zelditch are professors of sociology at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Theory Programs, Teaching Theory, and Contemporary Theories 3
Pt. II Affect and Status 15
2 Understanding Social Interaction with Affect Control Theory 17
3 Expectation States Theory: An Evolving Research Program 41
Pt. III Norms, Exchange, and Networks 77
4 Development of a Theory of Collective Action: From the Emergence of Norms to AIDS Prevention and the Analysis of Social Structure 79
5 Network Exchange Theory 109
Pt. IV Social Movements and Revolutions 145
6 The Resource Mobilization Research Program: Progress, Challenge, and Transformation 147
7 Recent Developments in Critical Mass Theory 172
8 Theory Development in the Study of Revolutions 194
Pt. V Institutional Structures 227
9 The Development and Application of Sociological Neoinstitutionalism 229
10 The Selectorate Model: A Theory of Political Institutions 267
Pt. VI Theory Construction and Theory Integration 293
11 Theoretical Integration and Generative Structuralism 295
12 Seven Secrets for Doing Theory 317
Pt. VII Reflections on Careers in Theory 343
13 Reflections on a Career as a Theorist 345
14 The Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis; or, How to Resist Becoming a Theory 358
Index 377
About the Contributors 391
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