A History and Theory of the Social Sciences: Not All That Is Solid Melts into Air (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society)

ISBN: 9780761965695
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2001-09-10
Number of pages: 208
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Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the `organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the `rationalistic revolution' of the `golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the `collectivist alternative': the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social scie

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