• Social Science

The impossible science

an institutional analysis of American sociology
Author: Stephen P. Turner,Jonathan H. Turner
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 222
View: 5121
What accounts for American sociology's diversity, its broad and eclectic research agenda, its lack of unifying paradigms, and its overall weakness as an institutional force in both academia and the policy arena? Stephen Park Turner and Jonathan H. Turner critically examine the discipline, tracing its historical roots back to the Civil War. In their comprehensive analysis, the authors point out the "accidents" in the history of the discipline and the role of political decisions and strategies in shaping it: particularly the attempts to reform sociology, and the equivocal, often contradictory missions that these reforms have prescribed for sociologists. They highlight the variable nature of the human, financial, and intellectual resources available to the profession and show how fundamentally this has affected the fashions and factionalism of sociology. Finally, Turner and Turner explore the current state of the discipline, based on this history, and reflect on the future of sociology. The Impossible Science is a radical revision of the conventional history of American sociology. It rejects both "triumphalism" and the "successful institutionalization" model, as well as the conventional "Chicago-centered" image of its early history. They show the extent to which the choices of the discipline today are limited, and the systematic reasons behind the failure of past disciplinary reforms. This controversial and pessimistic appraisal deserves immediate attention from all professionals and all upper-division students in the field. "In fewer than 200 pages of text Turner and Turner have produced a remarkably fair and evenhanded account of the development of American sociology. . . . The Impossible Science is well worth the attention of readers of this journal."

    • Literary Criticism

The Possibilities of Society

Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the Sociological Viewpoint of English Romanticism
Author: Regina Hewitt
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791434192
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 231
View: 8730
Approaches English Romanticism through sociological theory, arguing that Wordsworth and Coleridge tested hypotheses about social organization and action in their poetry. Offers a timely reevaluation of the Romantic poets as socially engaged thinkers.

    • Social Science

Contemporary Sociological Theory

An Integrated Multi-Level Approach
Author: Doyle Paul Johnson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387765212
Category: Social Science
Page: 630
View: 3933
This volume is designed as a basic text for upper level and graduate courses in contemporary sociological theory. Most sociology programs require their majors to take at least one course in sociological theory, sometimes two. A typical breakdown is between classical and contemporary theory. Theory is perhaps one of the bro- est areas of sociological inquiry and serves as a foundation or framework for more specialized study in specific substantive areas of the field. In addition, the study of sociological theory can readily be related to various aspects of other social science disciplines as well. From the very beginning sociology has been characterized by alternative theoretical perspectives. Classical theory includes the European founding figures of the dis- pline whose works were produced during the later half of the nineteenth century and the first couple of decades of the twentieth century plus early American th- rists. For most of the second half of the twentieth century, a fairly high consensus has developed among American sociologists regarding these major founders, p- ticularly with regard to the works of Durkheim and Weber in analyzing the overall society and of Simmel in analyzing social interaction processes. Since the late 1960s and early 1970s the influence of Marx has also been recognized. Recent decades have also witnessed an increased emphasis on the important contributions of several pioneering feminist perspectives in the early years of sociology.

    • Business & Economics

The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism


Author: Royston Greenwood,Christine Oliver,Thomas B. Lawrence,Renate E. Meyer
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1526415054
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 928
View: 1696
The second edition of the bestselling The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism has been thoroughly revised with new chapters added, bringing together extensive coverage of aspects of Institutional Theory.

    • Political Science

American Sociology

From Pre-Disciplinary to Post-Normal
Author: S. Turner
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137377178
Category: Political Science
Page: 145
View: 2965
American Sociology has changed radically since 1945. This volume traces these changes to the present, with special emphasis on the feminization of sociology and the decline of the science ideal as well as the challenges sociology faces in the new environment for universities.

    • Canada

America, History and Life


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Canada
Page: N.A
View: 3924
Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.

    • Academic libraries

Choice


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Academic libraries
Page: N.A
View: 640

    • Social Science

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook


Author: Clifton D. Bryant,Dennis L. Peck
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412916089
Category: Social Science
Page: 1344
View: 3284
21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook provides a concise forum through which the vast array of knowledge accumulated, particularly during the past three decades, can be organized into a single definitive resource. The two volumes of this Reference Handbook focus on the corpus of knowledge garnered in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as document the general orientation of the newer and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry.

    • Social Science

The Practice of Social Research


Author: Earl R. Babbie
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780534574741
Category: Social Science
Page: 498
View: 9531
This best-selling book covers all the major methods of social research. By emphasizing an understanding of the theoretical logic behind the research process and demonstrating preferred techniques, this book helps readers see methods as a way of thinking and gathering evidence.

    • United States

American Book Publishing Record

BPR annual cumulative
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: United States
Page: N.A
View: 8163

    • Social Science

Metatheorizing


Author: George Ritzer
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 178
View: 8782
Metatheorizing has come of age in sociology and other social science fields, forming the backdrop for serious intellectual debates over agency and structure, micro and macro level analysis, positivism and interpretivism, modernist and postmodernist thought. These debates are highlighted in this focused collection of essays. Contributors are among the leading figures in sociological theory - and represent a wide array of theoretical `camps'. Many of the debates in sociological theory are carried forward in the book. Collectively the contributors point out the importance of building overarching theoretical models and suggest new directions for metatheoretical work.

    • Social Science

Laboratory Life

The Construction of Scientific Facts
Author: Bruno Latour,Steve Woolgar
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400820413
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
View: 2955
This highly original work presents laboratory science in a deliberately skeptical way: as an anthropological approach to the culture of the scientist. Drawing on recent work in literary criticism, the authors study how the social world of the laboratory produces papers and other "texts,"' and how the scientific vision of reality becomes that set of statements considered, for the time being, too expensive to change. The book is based on field work done by Bruno Latour in Roger Guillemin's laboratory at the Salk Institute and provides an important link between the sociology of modern sciences and laboratory studies in the history of science.

    • Documentation

Journal of the American Society for Information Science


Author: American Society for Information Science
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Documentation
Page: N.A
View: 2527
This journal serves as a forum for new research in information transfer and communication processes in general, and in the context of recorded knowledge in particular. Concerns include the generation, recording, distribution, storage, representation, retrieval, and dissemination of information, as well as its social impact and management of information agencies.

    • Social Science

Public Sociology

From Social Facts to Literary Acts
Author: Ben Agger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780742541054
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
View: 6288
Public Sociology examines the 'discourse' of mainstream journal articles in sociology in order to understand the essentially conservative nature of mainstream sociology. These articles primarily make advances in method, not substance. Drawing from Mills, critical theory and postmodernism, Agger develops a non-positivist version of sociological writing that is at once accessible and relevant to social problems.

    • English literature

The British National Bibliography


Author: Arthur James Wells
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
View: 9396

    • Reference

Qualitative Research


Author: David Silverman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 147398484X
Category: Reference
Page: 480
View: 8232
A who’s who of methodologists, this book introduces students to the big picture of qualitative research, teaching both the ‘why’ and the ‘how to’ of getting started, selecting a method and conducting research and data analysis. With practical tips, summaries, exercises and further reading, each chapter is like a masterclass from a leading scholar in qualitative research. New to the fourth edition: A streamlined structure to guide readers step-by-step through the research process Substantial new section with 4 chapters on how to collect and analyse online data A new chapter on reflexive ethnography More hands-on advice on how to conduct research at every stage, making this a perfect field handbook Updated reading lists provide a go-to guide to the literature and help improve citations The most comprehensive qualitative research book available, this is the perfect all-in-one companion for any student embarking on a qualitative research course or project. Available with Perusall—an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.

    • Business & Economics

Studying Organization

Theory and Method
Author: Stewart R Clegg,Cynthia Hardy
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446237192
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 480
View: 5395
In response to the needs of lecturers, the acclaimed Handbook of Organization Studies has been made available as two major paperback textbooks. In this, the first of a two-volume paperback edition of the landmark Handbook of Organization Studies, editors Stewart Clegg and Cynthia Hardy survey the field of organization studies. Studying Organization is an ideal textbook around which to build courses on organization theory and research methodology. Central to the enterprise has been a concern to reflect and honour the manifest diversity of the field, including recognition of the extent to which the very notion of a single field of organization studies is debated. Part One locates the study of organization by reviewing some of the most significant theoretical paradigms to have shaped our understanding. The second part reflects on the relationships between theory and research in organization studies.


    • Social Science

Leisure Research in Europe

Methods and Traditions
Author: Hans Mommaas
Publisher: CABI Publishing
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
View: 7651
There is a growing interest in comparative research in leisure studies and in cross-national ways of undertaking such research. In Europe in particular, it is recognized that the different academic and disciplinary traditions within which leisure research has been generated provide a fertile ground for analysis. The strengths and weaknesses of particular national traditions and schools of thought, their methodologies and their historical developments, provide the key focus of this book. By recognizing the historically nation-state bound nature of social analysis in this field, the book seeks to provide a platform for analysis which goes beyond such bounds in examining the global-local relations which are so evident in contemporary leisure. It includes six chapters on individual countries - UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain and Poland - as well as one on cross-national contacts and comparisons, plus introductory and concluding chapters