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Rethinking Sociological Theory: Introducing and Explaining a Scientific Theoretical Sociology
     

Rethinking Sociological Theory: Introducing and Explaining a Scientific Theoretical Sociology

by Stephen K. Sanderson
 

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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

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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 critique, Rethinking Sociological Theory is also a valuable textbook for both undergraduate and graduate courses in sociological theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612052052
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Series:
Studies in Comparative Social Science
Pages:
267
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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