Beyond the Sociology of Development

Economy and Society in Latin America and Africa


Author: Ivar Oxaal,Tony Barnett,David Booth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136856935

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 5705

Conceived as a response to the economic naïvety and implicit metropolitan bias of many 1950s and 60s studies of ‘the sociology of development’ , this volume, first published in 1975, provides actual field studies and theoretical reviews to indicate the directions which a conceptually more adequate study of developing societies should take. Much of the book reflects strongly the influence of Andre Gunder Frank, but the contributors adopt a critical attitude to his ideas, applying them in empirical situations within such African and American countries as Kenya, Guyana, Tanzania and Peru. Others pursue the lines of enquiry opened up by Latin American theories of economic ‘dependency’ and by the new school of French economic anthropology.

The Sociology Of Development

The Impasse And Beyond


Author: Ray Kiely

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317821661

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 9052

First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Sociology of Development Handbook


Author: Gregory Hooks

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520277783

Category: History

Page: 728

View: 5245

"This handbook brings together essays by leading contributors to development sociology by addressing intellectual challenges: internal and international migration, transformation of political regimes, globalization, changes in household and family formations, gender dynamics, technological change, population and economic growth, environmental sustainability, peace and war, and the production and reproduction of social and economic inequality. The Sociology of Development Handbook includes essays that reflect the range of debates in development sociology and in the interdisciplinary study and practice of development"--Provided by publisher.

The Sociology of Modernization and Development


Author: David Harrison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134898061

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 8462

"David Harrison writes very well, and presents a good, well-balanced and perceptive appraisal of current perspectives."--"Times Higher Education Supplement" This title available in eBook format. Click here for more information. Visit our eBookstore at:

Sociology and Development

The Impasse and Beyond


Author: Ray Kiely

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1857281969

Category: Science

Page: 195

View: 3739

First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Development Theory

Four Critical Studies


Author: David Lehmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136856161

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

View: 1190

The studies in this book, first published in 1979, offer an all-encompassing contemporary critique of the sociology, politics and economics of development as they are ‘conventionally’ taught and disseminated. They also seek to outline the beginnings of a new approach, while not sparing from criticism the simplistic of contemporary radical theories. The reissue will prove of significant interest to the teaching of development studies at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Beyond the Impasse

New Directions in Development Theory


Author: Frans J. Schuurman

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781856492102

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 233

View: 5874

Development theory in the past decade has met with increasingly heavy criticism. Dependency theories, as well as modes of production and world-system approaches, have come to be considered as internally inconsistent and inadequate for explaining the increasing diversity and unevenness of the Third World. This book confronts the theoretical impasse which many feel has been reached. Development scholars from various disciplines review recent changes in research priorities, procedures and orientations, and detect the emergence of new and diverse lines of theoretical development in the field. In particular, they deal with the important meta-theoretical, political, cultural and ethical questions that have come to the fore.

Political Development Theory

The Contemporary Debate


Author: Richard Higgott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134951485

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

View: 1668

This book examines development theory from a political persepctive. It considers modernisation theory and public policy, as well as Marxism, the state, and the third world.

Beyond Sociology's Tower of Babel

Reconstructing the Scientific Method


Author: Bernard S. Phillips

Publisher: AldineTransaction

ISBN: 9780202306650

Category: Social Science

Page: 245

View: 8022

To look outside the discipline of sociology is to find little credibility given to the field as science. Bernard Phillips argues that we are learning to see ever more clearly the contradiction between scientific standards and what in fact has been achieved by sociology. Instead of knowledge based on the full range of our findings, we have separate pieces of knowledge located within the diverse areas of the discipline, and fads and fashions in the ideas and terms we use with relatively little cumulative development. This has led many to question whether any "scientific method" can be applied to human behavior. If the arguments and alternative interpretations in this book on the problematic nature of sociology's use of scientific method prove to be credible and fruitful, then the implications are profound. For example, the conclusions drawn for every single social science study that has ever been conducted would be open to reinterpretation, because they fail to take into account systematically the enormous complexity involved within any given instance of human behavior. Our present approach assumes implicitly that the pieces of the human jigsaw puzzle can at some point be put together so as to yield a coherent picture. Yet, as Phillips shows, if each piece is itself deficient, then no coherent picture emerges when we attempt to put the pieces together. Refusing to take the current fragmentation of sociology as inevitable, Phillips offers a clear vision, through a series of heuristic "web" images, of how sociologists might achieve the cumulative development and credibility that are the hallmarks of any science. His research draws heavily on the works of classical and contemporary theorists, philosophers, and historians of science, as well as on postmodernist critiques and responses to postmodernism. This reconstruction will be useful for courses in method in the study of the classical tradition of sociology. Bernard Phillips was introduced to sociology at Columbia University by C. Wright Mills. A former professor of sociology at Boston University, cofounder of the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and founder of the Sociological Imagination Group, his publications emphasize methodology and theory.

The Sociological Revolution

From the Enlightenment to the Global Age


Author: Richard Kilminster

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113497163X

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 5774

By controversially turning away from the current debates which surround social theory, this book provides an historical analysis of the profound burden of sociology and its implications today.

Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon


Author: Syed Farid Alatas,Vineeta Sinha

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137411341

Category: Social Science

Page: 391

View: 1687

This book expands the sociological canon by introducing non-Western and female voices, and subjects the existing canon itself to critique. Including chapters on both the ‘founding fathers’ of sociology and neglected thinkers it highlights the biases of Eurocentrism and androcentrism, while also offering much-needed correctives to them. The authors challenge a dominant account of the development of sociological theory which would have us believe that it was only Western European and later North American white males in the nineteenth and early twentieth century who thought in a creative and systematic manner about the origins and nature of the emerging modernity of their time. This integrated and contextualised account seeks to restructure the ways in which we theorise the emergence of the classical sociological canon. This book’s global scope fills a significant lacuna and provides a unique teaching resource to students of classical sociological theory.

Moral Development and Reality

Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman


Author: John C. Gibbs

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761923893

Category: Philosophy

Page: 299

View: 5426

In Moral Development and Reality the author explores moral development through the theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman. The book should find a place not only as classroom reading, but also as a contribution to broader dialogues in the academic community on the question and nature of moral development and behaviour.

Beyond Goffman

Studies on Communication, Institution, and Social Interaction


Author: Stephen H. Riggins

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110847299

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 464

View: 1594

Beyond the Science Wars

The Missing Discourse about Science and Society


Author: Ullica Christina Olofsdotter Segerstråle

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791446188

Category: Science

Page: 238

View: 5912

Contextualizes the "Science Wars" from interdisciplinary sociological, historical, scientific, political, and cultural perspectives.

The Sociology of Structural Disaster

Beyond Fukushima


Author: Miwao Matsumoto

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138230347


Page: 272

View: 9251

How and why did credible scientists, engineers, government officials, journalists, and others collectively give rise to a drastic failure to control the threat to the population of the Fukushima disaster? Why was there no effort on the part of inter-organizational networks, well-coordinated in the nuclear village, to prevent the risks from turning into a disaster? This book answers these questions by formulating the concept of "structural disaster" afresh. First, the book presents the path-dependent development of structural disaster through a sociological reformulation of path-dependent mechanisms not only in the context of nuclear energy but also in the context of renewable energy. Secondly, it traces the origins of structural disaster to a secret accident involving standardized military technology immediately before World War II, and opportunistic utilization of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, thus reconstructing the development of structural disaster within a long-term historical perspective. Maintaining distance from conflicts of interest and cultural essentialisms, this book highlights configurations and mechanisms of structural disasters that are far more persistent, more universal, but less visible, and that have turned risk into suffering. The book seeks to cast light on an important new horizon of the science-technology-society interface in the sociology of science and technology, science and technology studies, the sociology of disaster, the social history of the military-industrial-university complex, and beyond.

Sociology of Higher Education

Contributions and Their Contexts


Author: Patricia J. Gumport

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801892158

Category: Education

Page: 400

View: 1108

Featuring extensive reviews of the literature, this volume will be invaluable for scholars and students of sociology and higher education.

Beyond NGO-ization

The Development of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe


Author: Steven Saxonberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317174607

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 4043

The celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall provoked a debate on the outcomes of the transition process in the post-communist countries, including a debate on the functioning of civil society. This provided a good opportunity for researchers to collect new data and revise the discourse on collective action and the dynamics of civil society in these countries. Jacobsson and Saxonberg's collection of essays looks at social movements, and their forms of mobilization and organization, as well as action repertoires in relation to the social context, and their success or failure. The book meets an important need in the discourse on post-communist social movements by going beyond the usual discourse about the weak and non-participatory civil society in the post-communist context. This book gives a nuanced and updated view of social movements in post-communist Europe, by looking at the cases of relatively successful mobilization, by examining groups that have often been neglected in the discourse on social movements and civil society (including animal-rights groups, racist movements and non-feminist family organizations), and by giving a deeper analysis of the different strategies that civil society organizations and groups can use. Rather than expecting social movements in post-communist Europe to follow the same patterns and operate in the same fashion as in Western Europe, this volume shows that a wider view of contentious action is needed in order to understand the variety of strategies employed by collective actors operating in this context.

The Sociology of Terrorism

People, Places and Processes


Author: Stephen Vertigans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135145792

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 5203

Drawing on a number of examples, including religious, nationalist, and racialist, from territories across the world, this book creates an innovative framework within which to allow a holist account of terrorism to emerge. It is the first textbook on the subject based on sociological research.