Classic Disputes in Sociology


Author: R. J. Anderson,J. A. Hughes,Wes W. Sharrock

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780043012444

Category: Social Science

Page: 245

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Feminist Sociology


Author: Sara Delamont

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761972544

Category: Social Science

Page: 195

View: 2824

Exploring the achievements of British feminist sociology in theory, methods and empirical research, Sara Delamont outlines the barriers to the development of feminism and explores contemporary challenges. She provides an unrivalled guide to the origins of feminism in the discipline of sociology, analyzes the uneasy relationships between feminists and the founding fathers, and elucidates the opportunities and challenges presented by postmodernism.

Theorizing Classical Sociology


Author: Ray, Larry J

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335198651

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 6546

* How did classical sociology emerge and take shape? * What is the significance of classical sociology for current theoretical debates? * How can the classical tradition in social theory inform our understanding of the crisis of modernity? Social theory has been formed through elaboration and critique of the classical tradition, and this introductory volume illuminates current theoretical terrain by examining major classical theories - of Saint-Simon, Comte, Marx, Durkheim, Dilthey, Tonnies, Simmel and Weber - highlighting recurring themes and debates. It explains how classical sociology emerged through a debate with the Enlightenment, in which the concept of the 'social' took shape. This was constructed around various themes emphasizing contrasting components of social life - including material, cultural, rational and moral factors. These divergent theorizations set the scene for the play of theoretical oppositions that characterize much subsequent theoretical dispute. Along with these debates there were questions about the very identity of sociology, which in turn relate to a core issue in the discipline - grasping the crisis of modernity. This authoritative text introduces the key issues of classical sociology to undergraduates, making use of student-friendly features such as clear summaries, further reading and a glossary. It lays the foundations for an understanding of contemporary discussion, and will also be recognized at the postgraduate level as a key reference in the field.

Understanding Classical Sociology

Marx, Weber, Durkheim


Author: John A Hughes,Wes Sharrock,Peter J Martin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446205258

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

View: 3630

Praise for the First Edition: `Totally reliable... the authors have produced a book urgently needed by all those charged with introducing students to the classics... quite indispensable' - Times Higher Education Supplement This is a fully updated and expanded new edition of the successful undergraduate text. Providing a lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the authors submit that these figures have decisively shaped the discipline. They show how the classical apparatus is in use, even though it is being directed in new ways in response to the changing character of society. Written with the needs of undergraduates in mind, the text is essential reading for students in sociology and social theory.

"Wirklichkeit" im Deutungsprozess

Verstehen und Methoden in den Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften


Author: Thomas Jung,Stefan Müller-Doohm

Publisher: N.A


Category: Comprehension

Page: 518

View: 8714

Was ist Afrika?

zur Geschichte und Kultursoziologie eines modernen Konstrukts


Author: Elísio Salvado Macamo

Publisher: N.A


Category: Africa

Page: 236

View: 1938

Social Physics

How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter


Author: Alex Pentland

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101625570

Category: Science

Page: 320

View: 5104

From one of the world’s leading data scientists, a landmark tour of the new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence If the Big Data revolution has a presiding genius, it is MIT’s Alex “Sandy” Pentland. Over years of groundbreaking experiments, he has distilled remarkable discoveries significant enough to become the bedrock of a whole new scientific field: social physics. Humans have more in common with bees than we like to admit: We’re social creatures first and foremost. Our most important habits of action—and most basic notions of common sense—are wired into us through our coordination in social groups. Social physics is about idea flow, the way human social networks spread ideas and transform those ideas into behaviors. Thanks to the millions of digital bread crumbs people leave behind via smartphones, GPS devices, and the Internet, the amount of new information we have about human activity is truly profound. Until now, sociologists have depended on limited data sets and surveys that tell us how people say they think and behave, rather than what they actually do. As a result, we’ve been stuck with the same stale social structures—classes, markets—and a focus on individual actors, data snapshots, and steady states. Pentland shows that, in fact, humans respond much more powerfully to social incentives that involve rewarding others and strengthening the ties that bind than incentives that involve only their own economic self-interest. Pentland and his teams have found that they can study patterns of information exchange in a social network without any knowledge of the actual content of the information and predict with stunning accuracy how productive and effective that network is, whether it’s a business or an entire city. We can maximize a group’s collective intelligence to improve performance and use social incentives to create new organizations and guide them through disruptive change in a way that maximizes the good. At every level of interaction, from small groups to large cities, social networks can be tuned to increase exploration and engagement, thus vastly improving idea flow. Social Physics will change the way we think about how we learn and how our social groups work—and can be made to work better, at every level of society. Pentland leads readers to the edge of the most important revolution in the study of social behavior in a generation, an entirely new way to look at life itself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The sociology game

an introduction to sociological reasoning


Author: R. J. Anderson,J. A. Hughes,Wes W. Sharrock

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group


Category: Social Science

Page: 163

View: 394


The Central Questions


Author: William Kornblum,Carolyn D. Smith

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub

ISBN: 9780155008366

Category: Social Science

Page: 455

View: 7420

Understanding classical sociology

Marx, Weber, Durkheim


Author: J. A. Hughes,Peter J. Martin,Wes W. Sharrock

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


Category: Political Science

Page: 230

View: 3906

A lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Weber and Durkheim, this accessible text demonstrates the continuing relevance of these three figures to contemporary sociology. The authors show how the classical apparatus is still in use, even though it is being directed in new ways in response to the changing character of society. Writing with the needs of the undergraduate student in mind, the authors emphasize the continuities in modern sociological thought, and argue that many of the ideas of postmodern thinkers were anticipated by classical theorists. The introduction outlines the main elements of the sociological tradition and highlights its roots in the Enlightenment. The chapters that follow give detailed, shar

Knowing the Social World


Author: Tim May,Malcolm Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780335197682

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

View: 4189

This ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary volume brings together a distinguished team of leading thinkers, to discuss issues surrounding and informing social science.

Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences


Author: Mark J Smith

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: 9780761947370

Category: Social Science

Page: 1648

View: 7083

This is a comprehensive and authoritative reference collection in the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences. The source materials selected are drawn from debates within the natural sciences as well as social scientific practice. This four volume set covers the traditional literature on the philosophy of the social sciences, and the contemporary philosophical and methodological debates developing at the heart of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary groups in the social sciences. It addresses the needs of researchers and academics who are grappling with the relationship between questions of knowledge construction and the problems of social scientific method.