Beyond Equilibrium Theory is a fundamentally new interpretation of social reality that introduces theories of social formation and transformation, for micro- and macro-analysis of action systems and social movements. Equilibrium and conflict are viewed as societal variants rather than as ideal or natural states. Classical theorists are placed within a common theoretical framework, in an analysis of social order and social change as separate continua. Multiple path models trace changing patterns of partnering and power sharing. Hypotheses are tested with field-collected survey data, regression analysis of higher-order interactions, and comparisons of means adjusted for other effects. Researchers are provided with detailed methods of integrating theory and research, including nonlinear models and new logics of causality.
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About the Author
M. Ross DeWitt is a Research Consultant in Milwaukee, WI.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 List of Figures Chapter 2 List of Tables Chapter 3 List of Abbreviations Chapter 4 Foreword Chapter 5 Preface Chapter 6 Acknowledgments Chapter 7 Part One: Theories of Social Action and Social Change Chapter 8 Creating a Research-Friendly Theoretical Framework Chapter 9 Subjective Theories of Social Action and Social Change Chapter 10 Subjective Theories and Social Research Chapter 11 Suggested Research Applications Chapter 12 Notes for Part One Chapter 13 General Glossary Chapter 14 Glossary of Special Terms Chapter 15 Index for Part One Chapter 16 Part Two: Theories Applied to a Study of Power Sharing in Transition Chapter 17 Social Order, Social Change, and Power Sharing in U.S. Farm Families Chapter 18 Review of the Literature Chapter 19 Research Design Chapter 20 Background Analysis Chapter 21 Method of Analysis Chapter 22 Design of the Analysis Chapter 23 Tests of Hypotheses Chapter 24 Summary and Conclusions Chapter 25 Appendix A: Survey of Wisconsin Farm Families Chapter 26 Appendix B: Graphs and Path Diagrams Chapter 27 Appendix C: Reference Tables Chapter 28 Bibliography Chapter 29 Index of Authors Chapter 30 Index of Topics