Historical Developments and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology

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Historical Developments and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology in two volumes is a component of Encyclopedia of Social Sciences and Humanities in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias.

Sociology is one of several social science disciplines and smaller bodies of knowledge which seeks to understand the patterns in social life. There is a broad congruence between the objective configurations of social life and the components of the disciplines studying them, the body of sociological knowledge is socially constructed and the pathways to its gaining of knowledge influenced by a variety of factors. Moreover, since social life is ever-changing, sociology often has to scramble to catch-up with the changing social world.

This work is built up around four broad topics, the first providing important shared contextual material and then followed by three broad levels of social analysis: with each of these four parts containing a number of chapters with more specific and in-depth information. The theme essay provides a general introduction and overview of the theme as a whole. In total, the work holds 40 contributions written by a selection of many international renowned specialists from 12 countries. It was important to obtain a wide range of viewpoints giving the ways in which social issues arise quite differently in a range of countries.

These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College Students Educators, Professional Practitioners, Research Personnel and Policy Analysts, Managers, and Decision Makers, NGOs and GOs.

Charles Crothers is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at AUT, after previously serving as a Professor of Sociology at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. Prior to this position Charles had lectured in the Departments of Sociology at the University of Auckland, and Victoria University and had been President of the New Zealand Sociological Association and held office in the History of Sociology Research. Committee of the International Sociological Association. His interests span: Sociological/ Social Theory (with books on the work of Robert K Merton, and the conceptualisation of Social Structure); Social Research Methodology/methods; sociology of Science and Social Science: and studies of New Zealand (Auckland in particular) and South Africa

Table of Contents (35 Chapters)
  • 1. The Historical Development of Sociology: Sociological Traditions

    Charles Crothers
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  • 2. The History and Development of Sociological Social Research Methods

    Charles Crothers,Jennifer Platt
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  • 3. The Deep Questions: Structure/Agency, Micro/Macro And Time/Space

    Anthony King
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  • 4. Philosophies Of The Social Sciences

    Piet Strydom
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  • 5. Interaction Of Theory And Method In Social Science

    Peter
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  • 6. Varieties Of Sociological Theorizing

    Jonathan H. Turner
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  • 7. Branches of Sociology

    Charles Crothers
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  • 8. The Future of Sociology: Understanding the Transformations of the Social

    Peter Wagner
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  • 9. Life Course Dynamics

    Walter R. Heinz
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  • 10. Rational Choice and Sociology

    Alberto Martinelli
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  • 11. Sociology of Emotions

    Katharina Scherke
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  • 12. Social Psychology

    J. David Knottnerus
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  • 13. Psychoanalysis and Social Theory

    Anthony Elliott
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  • 14. Sociobiology And Sociology

    R. S. Machalek
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  • 15. Existential Sociology

    Barry King
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  • 16. Social Network Analysis

    Wouter de Nooy
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  • 17. Economic Sociology: Its History And Development

    Richard Swedberg
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  • 18. Cultural Sociology

    Jacquelyne Luce
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  • 19. Power And The State

    John Scott
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  • 20. Organisational Sociology

    Lex Donaldson
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  • 21. Feminist Sociological Theory

    Celia Winkler
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  • 22. Sociology’s ‘Other’: The Debates on European Universals

    Sujata Patel
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  • 23. Beyond Evolution and Historicism: Cultural Forms of Modernity

    John Mandalios
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  • 24. Functionalism And Its Critics

    John Holmwood
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  • 25. Structuration Theories

    J. Parker
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  • 26. Historical Sociology: Development And Reoriention

    Gerard Delanty,Engin F. Isin
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  • 27. Sociological Marxism: History and Development Psychoanalysis and Social Theory

    Erik Olin Wright,Michael Burawoy
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  • 28. Consumer Society

    Barry Smart
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  • 29. Social Movement Theory

    Christopher Rootes
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  • 30. Technology

    Steve Matthewman
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  • 31. Institutional Analysis and Development: Elements of the Framework in Historical Perspective

    Elinor Ostrom
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  • 32. Poststructural Theories

    Nicos Mouzelis
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  • 33. The Dependency And World-Systems Perspectives On Development

    Alvin Y. So
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  • 34. The Subprime Crisis and Global Finance: A Sociological Perspective

    Saskia Sassen
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  • 35. Theories Of The Information Age

    Nico Stehr
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