New Directions in Contemporary Sociological Theory / Edition 1

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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

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.
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 (
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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

Part 1 Part I. Introduction Chapter 2 Theory Programs, Teaching Theory, and Contemporary Theories Part 3 Part II. Affect and Status Chapter 4 Understanding Social Interaction with Affect Control Theory Chapter 5 Expectation States Theory: An Evolving Research Program Part 6 Part III. Norms, Exchange, and Networks Chapter 7 From the Emergence of Norms to Aids Prevention and the Analysis of Social Structure Chapter 8 Network Exchange Theory, by David Willer, Henry Walker, Barry Markovsky, Robb Willer, Michael Lovaglia, Shane Thye, and Brent Simpson Part 9 Part IV. Social Movements and Revolutions Chapter 10 The Resource Mobilization Research Program: Progress, Challenge, and Transformation Chapter 11 Recent Developments in Critical Mass Theory Chapter 12 Theory Development in the Study of Revolutions Part 13 Part V. Institutional Structures Chapter 14 The Development and Application of Sociological Neo-Institutionalism Chapter 15 The Selectorate Model: A Theory of Political Institutions Part 16 Part VI. Theory Construction and Theory Integration Chapter 17 Theoretical Integration and Generative Structuralism Chapter 18 Seven Secrets for Doing Theory Part 19 Part VII. Reflections on Careers in Theory Chapter 20 Reflections on a Career as a Theorist Chapter 21 The Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis, or How to Resist Becoming a Theory

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