American Sociological Association Rose Monographs: The Meaning of General Theoretical Sociology: Tradition and Formalization (Hardback)
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American Sociological Association Rose Monographs: The Meaning of General Theoretical Sociology: Tradition and Formalization (Hardback)

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Hardback 404 Pages / Published: 24/11/1989
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This book sets out a generative structuralist conception of general theoretical sociology; its philosophy, its problems, and its methods. The field is defined as a comprehensive research tradition with many intersecting subtraditions that share conceptual components. The focus is on formalization and unification as processes that can help advance the state of theory today. An integrative philosophy of the field is set out in terms of a process worldview, with a focus on generativity in explanation and a conception of the structure of theories as hierarchical meaning control systems. This philosophy is implemented in two phases. In the first phase, Professor Fararo defines the core problems of theoretical sociology in the context of setting out and illustrating the logic of a nonlinear dynamical social systems framework. A critical analysis of the outcome of this phase then leads, in the second phase, to formal treatments of action principles and structural analysis. A variety of traditions are drawn upon to treat theoretical problems of order and integration, as well as to examine searchingly problems of formalization and unification in theoritical sociology.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521372589
Number of pages: 404
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm


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"...a major work...thoughtful, provocative, and substantial...Fararo has demonstrated that he is the best formal theorist sociology now has." Lee Freese, Contemporary Sociology
"...an important and provocative book by a thoughtful, comprehensive, and powerful thinker...Theoretical sociologists will ignore it at their peril." |f Joseph Woelfel, Social Forces
"The combination of philosophical issues, sociological questions, and theoretical methods that characterizes Fararo's book makes it likely that the book will become a standard reference for working theorists." American Journal of Sociology

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