Rethinking Sociological Theory: Introducing and Explaining a Scientific Theoretical Sociology

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Rethinking Sociological Theory recaptures a scientific theoretical sociology, one whose fundamental aim is the formulation of real theories that can be empirically tested. Sanderson reviews the major theoretical traditions within contemporary sociology, explicating their key principles, critically evaluating these principles and their applications, and showcasing exemplars. He judges each tradition by asking whether it has generated falsifiable research programs. Although principally a work of theoretical ...

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Overview

Rethinking Sociological Theory recaptures a scientific theoretical sociology, one whose fundamental aim is the formulation of real theories that can be empirically tested. Sanderson reviews the major theoretical traditions within contemporary sociology, explicating their key principles, critically evaluating these principles and their applications, and showcasing exemplars. He judges each tradition by asking whether it has generated falsifiable research programs. Although principally a work of theoretical critique, Rethinking Sociological Theory is also a valuable textbook for both undergraduate and graduate courses in sociological theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612052052
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Series: Studies in Comparative Social Science
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen K. Sanderson is currently a visiting professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside, where he specializes in comparative-historical sociology, sociological theory, and evolutionary sociology. He is the author or editor of ten books in sixteen editions, among them Evolutionism and Its Critics: Deconstructing and Reconstructing an Evolutionary Interpretation of Human Society (Paradigm, 2007), and Revolutions: A Worldwide Introduction to Social and Political Contention (2nd ed., Paradigm, 2010).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1/ Functionalism
2/ Social Constructionism
3/ Marxian Conflict Theory
4/ Weberian Conflict Theory
5/ World-Systems Analysis
6/ Exchange and Rational Choice Theory
7/ Cultural Materialism
8/ Social Evolutionism
9/ Sociobiology
10/ Eclecticism Epilogue/ Toward Synthesis

Online Appendices:

Appendix A/ Deconstructing Postmodernism Appendix B/ The Author Expands His Criticisms and Debates His Critics Appendix C/ Conceptual Problems and Theory Choice Appendix D/ The “Lay of the Land” in Contemporary Theory

References Index

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