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Theory and Progress in Social Science

Theory and Progress in Social Science


James Rule, Leslie Irvine
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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574945

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  • This work, sequel to the author's Theories of Civil Violence, attacks questions that have long troubled social science and social scientists - questions of the cumulative nature of social inquiry. Does the knowledge generated by the study of social, political, and economic life grow more comprehensive over time? These questions go to the heart of social scientists' soul-searching as to whether they are indeed engaged in 'science'. The author pursues these questions through in-depth examination of various theoretical programs currently influential in social science, including feminist social science, rational choice theory, network analysis and others.

    • Skeptical but fair assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of various schools of thought
    • Grounds social theory in real world concerns
    • Well known and highly respected author
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    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574945
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.445kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Progress: formal and substantive
    1. Dilemmas of intellectual progress
    2. The reckoning of progress
    Introduction to Part II
    3. Rational choice
    4. From Parsons to Alexander: closure through theoretical generality
    5. Network analysis
    6. Feminist analysis in social science James Rule and Leslie Irvine
    Introduction to Part III
    7. Theory as expression
    8. Theory for coping
    9. Summary and conclusion.

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    James B. Rule, State University of New York, Stony Brook


    James Rule, Leslie Irvine

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