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Problematics of Sociology
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 138

Problematics of Sociology

These skillfully written essays are based on the Georg Simmel Lectures delivered by Neil J. Smelser at Humboldt University in Berlin in the spring of 1995. A distillation of Smelser's reflections after nearly four decades of research, teaching, and thought in the field of sociology, the essays identify, as he says in the first chapter, ". . . some central problematics—those generic, recurrent, never resolved and never completely resolvable issues—that shape the work of the sociologist." Each chapter considers a different level of sociological analysis: micro (the person and personal interaction), meso (groups, organizations, movements), macro (societies), and global (multi-societal). Wit...

Theory of Collective Behavior
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

Theory of Collective Behavior

Modern, high-quality republication of a sociological and social psychology classic. New preface by the author and extensive new Foreword by MIT's Gary Marx. An authorized and quality edition--not just scanned and forgotten like most such reprints today--this book is part of the Classics of the Social Sciences Series by Quid Pro Books. Quality ebook formatting includes linked notes, legible tables, and active TOC. The book's original page numbers from its first printing are embedded for continuity of citations and a class syllabus.

The Sociology of Economic Life
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 177

The Sociology of Economic Life

Quality ebook reprint of a classic work in the social sciences, by one of the leading scholars on the intersection of two important disciplines: economics and sociology. This is an unabridged republication of the second edition, presented with care and including linked notes, index, and original graphs and tables.

Dynamics of the Contemporary University
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 152

Dynamics of the Contemporary University

This book is an expanded version of the Clark Kerr Lectures of 2012, delivered by Neil Smelser at the University of California at Berkeley in January and February of that year. The initial exposition is of a theory of change—labeled structural accretion—that has characterized the history of American higher education, mainly (but not exclusively) of universities. The essence of the theory is that institutions of higher education progressively add functions, structures, and constituencies as they grow, but seldom shed them, yielding increasingly complex structures. The first two lectures trace the multiple ramifications of this principle into other arenas, including the essence of complexi...

Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 270

Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences

Even after teaching generations of social scientists, Neil Smelser's classic book remains the most definitive statement of methodological issues for all comparative scholars and in political science, anthropology, sociology, economics and psychology. Such issues are timeless and therefore Smelser's lucid analysis remains timely and relevant. Smelser posits a methodological continuity between the comparative studies of past masters and the more recent flow of contemporary comparative work. To that end, he takes a pragmatic, critical look at the classic studies of Alexis de Tocqueville, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. His analyses respect the historical specifics and contexts of their work, but...

Essays in Sociological Explanation
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292

Essays in Sociological Explanation

Collection of essays on sociology, causation, and pragmatic considerations by one of the leading social scientists of the past half-century. Now republished in quality ebook format with active TOC, linked notes, and proper presentation for ereaders and apps.

Usable Social Science
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Usable Social Science

This volume is a one-of-a-kind contribution to applied social science and the product of a long collaboration between an established, interdisciplinary sociologist and a successful banking executive. Together, Neil Smelser and John Reed use a straightforward approach to presenting substantive social science knowledge and indicate its relevance and applicability to decision-making, problem-solving and policy-making. Among the areas presented are space-and-time coordinates of social life; cognition and bias; group and network effects; the role of sanctions; organizational dynamics; and macro-changes associated with economic development. Finally, the authors look at the big picture of why society at large demands and needs social-science knowledge, and how the academy actually supplies relevant knowledge.

Social Paralysis and Social Change
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 540

Social Paralysis and Social Change

Neil Smelser's Social Paralysis and Social Change is one of the most comprehensive histories of mass education ever written. It tells the story of how working-class education in nineteenth-century Britain—often paralyzed by class, religious, and economic conflict—struggled forward toward change. This book is ambitious in scope. It is both a detailed history of educational development and a theoretical study of social change, at once a case study of Britain and a comparative study of variations within Britain. Smelser simultaneously meets the scholarly standards of historians and critically addresses accepted theories of educational change—"progress," conflict, and functional theories. ...

Getting Sociology Right
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 329

Getting Sociology Right

Neil J. Smelser, one of the most important and influential American sociologists, traces the discipline of sociology from 1969 to the early twenty-first century in Getting Sociology Right: A Half-Century of Reflections. Examining sociology as a vocation and building on the work of Talcott Parsons, Smelser discusses his views on the discipline of sociology and shows how his perspective of the field evolved in the postwar era.

Sociology
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 744

Sociology

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1967
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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