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The Myth of Social Action

The Myth of Social Action

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  • Date Published: August 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646369

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  • This is a powerful critique of contemporary sociology and a call to reject the prevailing orthodoxy. Arguing that current sociological theory has lost its way, Colin Campbell mounts a case for a new "dynamic interpretivism," closer in spirit to traditional, Weberian action theory.

    • Tightly argued and clearly written critique of prevailing orthodoxy
    • Makes case for radical reinterpretation of Weber which sheds new light on sociological theory
    • Hardback well reviewed in journals for its contribution to contemporary sociology
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    "...will both inform and challenge as well as suggest myriad connections to the most interesting and vexing theoretical problems of our day." Sociological Inquiry

    "The result is a tightly argued volume marked by that rare level of analytical rigor and thoroughness to which Campbell has already accustomed us..." Contemporary Sociology

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    • Date Published: August 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646369
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Action reported missing in action theory
    3. Action and social action
    4. Action versus social action
    5. The rise of social situationalism
    6. The argument by denial
    7. Accounts and actions
    8. The argument by exclusion
    9. The argument by incorporation
    10. The 'learning everything from others' thesis
    11. The communicative act paradigm
    12. The linguistic turn for the worse
    13. The myth of social action
    14. The obstacle which is social situationalism
    15. Bringing action back in.

  • Author

    Colin Campbell, University of York

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