A History and Theory of the Social Sciences: Not All That is Solid Melts Into Air

Sage (2001)
Abstract
Divided into two parts this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the `organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the `rationalistic revolution' of the `golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the `collectivist alternative': the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social science today.
Keywords Social sciences History  Social sciences Philosophy
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Call number H51.W34 2001
ISBN(s) 0761965696   0761965688   9780761965695   9780761965688
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