Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461257080
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/12/2012
  • Series: Springer Series in Social Psychology
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1982
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Traditional Science in a World of Change.- Assumptive Bases in the Sociobehavioral Sciences.- The Threat of Instability.- Decomposing Patterned Behavior.- Fundamental Assumptions Revisited: The Hypothesis Test.- The Retrenchment of Traditional Science.- 2. The Communal Basis of Social Knowledge.- A Dilemma Solved and a Crisis Created.- Science and the Dilemma of Identification.- Descriptive Language: From Neurons to Nurturance.- The Revitalization of Theory.- The Significance of Empirical Research.- 3. Generative Theory and Degenerative Metatheory.- The Impact on Theory of Logical Empiricist Metatheory.- Methodological Selection and Theoretical Constraint: The Controlled Experiment.- Metatheoretical Constraints on Generative Theory.- The Development of Generative Theory.- 4. The Turning Point in Life-Span Study.- From the Stable to the Aleatory in Developmental Trajectory.- The Emergence of Autonomous Self-Direction.- The Functional Utility of Life-Span Theory.- 5. The Historical Context of Transformation.- The Pivotal Conflict: Exogenic versus Endogenic World Views.- The Struggle toward a New Science.- Metatheoretical Bases for a Unified Alternative.- Toward a Sociorationalism.- References.- Author Index.

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