Theory of Collective Behavior

Theory of Collective Behavior

by Neil J. Smelser
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Theory of Collective Behavior by Neil J. Smelser

The golden anniversary edition of THEORY OF COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR (from Quid Pro Books, 2011) is a modern take on a sociological and social psychology classic. Adding a reflective new Preface by the author and an extensive, analytical Foreword by MIT's Gary Marx, it is an authorized and painstaking edition — not just scanned and forgotten like most such reprints today. As part of the 'Classics of the Social Sciences' Series, it features quality formatting such as linked footnotes, legible and linked tables, active contents, the original index, and an extensive bibliography (including updating references for the new Foreword). Moreover, the original page numbers are embedded into the text for continuity of citations, syllabus, and referencing across all platforms, including the new paperback edition from Quid Pro (which likewise includes the extensive introductory material).

As Gary Marx notes in his Foreword, "The book is elegant, original, carefully crafted and forcefully argued. In its totality, it is a fine example of an effort to define a field, identify major types and systematically connect central variables. This is done to organize an amorphous collection of behaviors that seem to be intuitively linked, but which had not previously enjoyed an equivalent framework for identifying those links. Smelser's innovative treatment of the form known as the craze nicely illustrates this. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of economic history and applying stages of the value-added process, he shows commonalities across areas previously seen as distinct — such as economic swings, expressive crowds and fads and fashion — and offers a systematic way to differentiate these from other forms. The sense of craftsmanship and the care in construction can serve as a model for theorizing and for the effort to both acknowledge and yet reduce the indeterminacy of social phenomena."

Marx concludes, "As 2011 events such as the Tsunami in Japan and the unexpected uprisings in the Middle East suggest, the importance of the field and the need to advance knowledge is not just historical. This book remains a rich contribution toward that advancement."

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Although this product description may also appear on this website under the sales pages of various versions, including recent OCR editions and older used copies, only the NookBook and paperback from Quid Pro Books include the new introductions, tables and figures from the original, index, embedded pagination, and careful proofreading of the text and notes. The Quid Pro golden anniversary edition of this foundational work is identifiable from its new cover featuring the original artwork by Jerome Carlin, "Costume Party at the Ambassador Hotel #2."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013030251
Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC
Publication date: 08/21/2011
Series: Classics of the Social Sciences
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

NEIL J. SMELSER is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned degrees from Harvard and Oxford, as well as his PhD from Harvard in 1958. Most of his academic career has been spent in Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is University Professor Emeritus. He has also served as director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Dr. Smelser has been recognized by election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Association, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has served as President of the American Sociological Association. And in 2002 he received the first Mattei Dogan Award from the International Sociological Association, for a distinguished career in sociology.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
includes an updated intro by an MIT professor.