Theory and Progress in Social Science / Edition 1

Theory and Progress in Social Science / Edition 1

by James B. Rule
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521574943

ISBN-13: 9780521574945

Pub. Date: 05/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This work attacks questions that have long troubled social scientists--questions of the cumulative nature of social inquiry. Does the knowledge generated by the study of social, political, and economic life grow more comprehensive over time? Do today's social scientists in any meaningful sense know more than their intellectual ancestors about such perennial concerns…  See more details below

Overview

This work attacks questions that have long troubled social scientists--questions of the cumulative nature of social inquiry. Does the knowledge generated by the study of social, political, and economic life grow more comprehensive over time? Do today's social scientists in any meaningful sense know more than their intellectual ancestors about such perennial concerns as the origins of war and peace, or the causes of economic growth, or the forces shaping social stratification, or origins of civil upheaval? These questions go to the heart of social scientists' soul-searching as to whether they are indeed engaged in "science."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521574945
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Progress: formal and substantive; 1. Dilemmas of intellectual progress; 2. The reckoning of progress; Introduction to Part II; 3. Rational choice; 4. From Parsons to Alexander: closure through theoretical generality; 5. Network analysis; 6. Feminist analysis in social science James Rule and Leslie Irvine; Introduction to Part III; 7. Theory as expression; 8. Theory for coping; 9. Summary and conclusion.

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