ISBN-10:
1594512582
ISBN-13:
9781594512582
Pub. Date:
10/28/2006
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Macrosociology: Four Modern Theorists / Edition 1

Macrosociology: Four Modern Theorists / Edition 1

by Frank W. Elwell

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ISBN-13: 9781594512582
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Frank W. Elwell, Professor of Sociology at Murray State University, is the author of The Evolution of the Future (Praeger, 1991) and Industrializing America (Praeger, 1999).

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Past

Chapter 1: The Sociology of C. Wright Mills
Assumptions
Bureaucracy
Power and Authority
Elites
Mass Society
Rationalization
Social Problems
Role of Social Science
The Sociological Imagination
Excursus: Modern American Bureaucracy
About Mills

Chapter 2: Marvin Harris’s Cultural Materialism
Assumptions
Universal Patterns
The Research Strategy
Individual Behavior
Role of Elites
Intensification
Harris and Marx
The Domestication of Plants and Animals
The Industrial Revolution
Hyperindustrialism
Excursus: Recent Intensification of the American Infrastructure
About Harris

Chapter 3: Wallerstein’s World-Systems Analysis
The Capitalist World System
Capitalist World-System Stability and Change
The Decline and Fall of the Capitalist World-System
Excursus: Declining Profits and Hegemony?
About Wallerstein

Chapter 4: Gerhard Lenski’s Ecological-Evolutionary Theory
Social Evolution
Excursus: Inequality Revisited
About Lenski

Chapter 5: Meta-Analysis
The Rise of Capitalism
Excursus: The Growth of Bureaucracy

Conclusion

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