Beyond the Sociology of Development

Economy and Society in Latin America and Africa

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Author: Ivar Oxaal,Tony Barnett,David Booth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136856935

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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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

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Author: Ray Kiely

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317821661

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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

The Sociology of Modernization and Development

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Author: David Harrison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134898061

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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"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: www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk.

The Sociology of Development Handbook

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Author: Gregory Hooks

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520277783

Category: History

Page: 728

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"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.

Development Theory

Four Critical Studies

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Author: David Lehmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136856161

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

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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.

Political Development Theory

The Contemporary Debate

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Author: Richard Higgott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134951485

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

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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 the Impasse

New Directions in Development Theory

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Author: Frans J. Schuurman

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781856492102

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 233

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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.

Sociology and Development

The Impasse and Beyond

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Author: Ray Kiely

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1857281969

Category: Science

Page: 195

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

Beyond Goffman

Studies on Communication, Institution, and Social Interaction

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Author: Stephen H. Riggins

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110847299

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 464

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Beyond the Science Wars

The Missing Discourse about Science and Society

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Author: Ullica Christina Olofsdotter Segerstråle,Ullica Segerstrale

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791446188

Category: Science

Page: 238

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

Sociology of Higher Education

Contributions and Their Contexts

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Author: Patricia J. Gumport

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801892158

Category: Education

Page: 400

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

The Sociology of Terrorism

People, Places and Processes

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Author: Stephen Vertigans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135145792

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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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.

Beyond the Map

Archaeology and Spatial Technologies

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Author: Gary R. Lock

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 9784274903878

Category: Archaeology

Page: 236

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Beyond the Market

The Social Foundations of Economic Efficiency

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Author: Jens Beckert

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400825448

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

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Beyond the Market launches a sociological investigation into economic efficiency. Prevailing economic theory, which explains efficiency using formalized rational choice models, often simplifies human behavior to the point of distortion. Jens Beckert finds such theory to be particularly weak in explaining such crucial forms of economic behavior as cooperation, innovation, and action under conditions of uncertainty--phenomena he identifies as the proper starting point for a sociology of economic action. Beckert levels an enlightened critique at neoclassical economics, arguing that understanding efficiency requires looking well beyond the market to the social, cultural, political, and cognitive factors that influence the coordination of economic action. Beckert searches social theory for the components of an alternative theory of action, one that accounts for the social embedding of economic behavior. In Durkheim and Parsons he finds especially useful approaches to cooperation; in Luhmann, a way to understand how people act under highly contingent conditions; and in Giddens, an understanding of creative action and innovation. Together, these provide building blocks for a research program that will yield a theoretically sophisticated understanding of how economic processes are coordinated and the ways that markets are embedded in social, cultural, and cognitive structures. Containing one of the most fully informed critiques of the neoclassical analysis of economic efficiency--as well as one of the most thoughtful blueprints for economic sociology--this book reclaims for sociology the study of one of the most important arenas of human action.

The Sociology of Religion

A Substantive and Transdisciplinary Approach

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Author: George Lundskow

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412937213

Category: Social Science

Page: 445

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Using a lively narrative, The Sociology of Religion is an insightful text that follows the logic of actual research, first investigating the facts of religion in all its great diversity, including its practices and beliefs, and then analyzing actual examples of religious developments using relevant conceptual frameworks. As a result, students actively engage in the discovery, learning, and analytical processes as they progress through the textùjust as a scholar pursues knowledge in the field and then applies theoretical constructs to interpret findings.This unique text is organized around essential topics and real-life issues and examines religion both as an object of sociological analysis as well as a device for seeking personal meaning in life. While primarily sociological in focus, the text incorporates relevant interdisciplinary scholarshipùthus teaching sociological perspectives on religion while introducing students to relevant research from other fields. Sidebar features and photographs of religious figures bring the text to life for readers.Key Features and Benefits:Uses substantive and truly contemporary real-life religious issues of current interest to engage the reader in a way few other texts doCombines theory with empirical examples drawn from the United States and around the world, emphasizing a critical and analytical perspective that encourages better understanding of the material presentedFeatures discussions of emergent religions, consumerism, and the link between religion, sports, and other forms of popular cultureDraws upon interdisciplinary literature, helping students appreciate the contributions of other disciplines while primarily developing an understanding of the sociology of religion InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM· InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM contains chapter outlines, summaries, multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and short answer questions as well as illustrations from the book. Contact Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243) to request a copy (6:00 a.m.û5:00 p.m., PST).Intended Audience: This core text is designed for upper-level undergraduate students of Sociology of Religion or Religion and Politics.

Beyond the Consumption Bubble

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Author: Karin M. Ekström,Kay Glans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136859446

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

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Research on consumption can shed light on many fundamental questions, such as the character of society, including social and cultural dimensions; the relations between the generations; dependency on technology and the risks involved; the rise of Asia and its potential consumption preferences; the question of whether we must continuously increase our consumption to avoid a recession and whether this is ecologically sustainable. In the field of consumption research there is need for analytical rigor based on theory and empirical evidence as well as discussions that will inspire readers to ask important questions regarding future development. The contributors to this innovative volume are scholars and experts in the field of consumption representing a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, economics, history, marketing, political science, and sociology. This book not only provides readers with a nuanced picture of consumption, but intends to enrich and sharpen the general debate about society today.

The Sociology and Politics of Development

A Theoretical Study

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Author: Baidya Nath Varma

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113685567X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Originally published in 1980, this work answers the crucial question of how social change should be guided in the developing countries. Professor Varma begins by posing the problems of the general scope of modernization and the general criteria used in the modernization process. He examines carefully some of the models that have been used for this purpose in the past, providing extensive summaries of the views on modernization of theorists in various social science disciplines, including sociology, politics, economics, and anthropology, and stresses the importance of these views in guiding policy decisions. The book concludes with a comparison of the development processes of the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Japan and India.

The New Sociology of Knowledge

The Life and Work of Peter L. Berger

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Author: Michaela Pfadenhauer,Peter L. Berger

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412850959

Category: Social Science

Page: 175

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A classical sociologist can be defined as someone whose "works occupied a central position among the sociological ideas and notions of an era." Following this criterion, Michaela Pfadenhauer demonstrates the relevance of Peter L. Berger’s work to the sociology of knowledge. Pfadenhauer shows that Berger is not only a sociologist of religion, but one whose works are characterized by a sociology-of-knowledge perspective. Berger stands out among his fellow social scientists both quantitatively and qualitatively. He has written numerous books, which have been translated into many languages, and a multitude of essays in scholarly journals and popular magazines. For decades, he has played a role in shaping both public debate and social scientific discourse in America and far beyond. As a sociologist of knowledge, Berger has played three roles: he has been a theoretician of modern life, an analyst of modern religiosity, and an empiricist of global economic culture. In all areas, the focus on processes rather than status quo is characteristic of Berger’s thinking. This book provides an in-depth view on the critical thinking of one of the most important sociologists that present times has to offer. It includes four written essays by Berger.