Structure, Culture, and History: Recent Issues in Social Theory / Edition 1

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Offers the newest research developments and theory in the re-emerging field of structural analysis. The first section provides an overview and appraisal of the history and future of structural analysis. Subsequent sections focus on culture, historical processes, and macro-micro level interactions. The book's synthetic essays take a variety of forms dealing with structural levels of analysis, agency and structure, multidimensional views of social structure, and theory integration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847698370
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Sing C. Chew is professor and chairperson at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. His most recent book is World Ecological Degradation: Accumulation, Urbanization, and Deforestation 3000 B.C.-A.D. 2000. J. David Knottnerus is professor of sociology at Oklahoma State University. His research interests focus on social psychology, social theory, social inequality, and the role ritualization plays in social interaction and structural processes.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Structural Analysis: Past, Present, and Future
1 History of Social Structural Analysis 3
2 Social Structure: The Future of a Concept 43
Pt. II Culture and Social Structure
3 How Are Structures Meaningful? Cultural Sociology and Theories of Structure 63
4 Agency, Structure, and Deritualization: A Comparative Investigation of Extreme Disruptions of Social Order 85
5 Global Power, Hegemonic Decline, and Cultural Narratives 107
6 Situating Hybridity: The Positional Logics of a Discourse 125
Pt. III History and Social Structure
7 A Structural Theory of the Five Thousand Year World System 151
8 Evolutionary Pulsations in the World System 177
9 Paradigms Bridged: Institutional Materialism and World-Systemic Evolution 197
10 Ecology in Command 217
11 Applications of Elementary Theory to Social Structures of Antiquity 231
Pt. IV Micro and Macro Structures: Interactions and Organizations
12 Gender, Institutions, and Difference: The Continuing Importance of Social Structure in Understanding Gender Inequality in Organizations 257
13 Social Structure and Social Exchange 271
14 Social Organizations across Space and Time: The Policy Process, Mesodomain Analysis, and Breadth of Perspective 303
15 Acts, Persons, Positions, and Institutions: Legitimating Multiple Objects and Compliance with Authority 323
Index 341
Contributor Affiliations 343
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