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  1. Pitirim A. Sorokin in Review. [REVIEW]B. D. A. - 1964 - Review of Metaphysics 17 (4):639-639.
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  2. The Problem of Excess.A. Abbott - 2014 - Sociological Theory 32 (1):1-26.
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  3. Against Narrative: A Preface to Lyrical Sociology.Andrew Abbott - 2007 - Sociological Theory 25 (1):67-99.
    This article develops a concept of lyrical sociology, a sociology I oppose to narrative sociology, by which I mean standard quantitative inquiry with its "narratives" of variables as well as those parts of qualitative sociology that take a narrative and explanatory approach to social life. Lyrical sociology is characterized by an engaged, nonironic stance toward its object of analysis, by specific location of both its subject and its object in social space, and by a momentaneous conception of social time. Lyrical (...)
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  4. Linked Ecologies: States and Universities as Environments for Professions.Andrew Abbott - 2005 - Sociological Theory 23 (3):245-274.
    In this article I generalize ecological theory by developing the notion of separate but linked ecologies. I characterize an ecology by its set of actors, its set of locations, and the relation it involves between these. I then develop two central concepts for the linkage of ecologies: hinges and avatars. The first are issues or strategies that "work" in both ecologies at once. The second are attempts to institutionalize in one ecology a copy or colony of an actor in another. (...)
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  5. Transcending General Linear Reality.Andrew Abbott - 1988 - Sociological Theory 6 (2):169-186.
    This paper argues that the dominance of linear models has led many sociologists to construe the social world in terms of a "general linear reality." This reality assumes (1) that the social world consists of fixed entities with variable attributes, (2) that cause cannot flow from "small" to "large" attributes/events, (3) that causal attributes have only one causal pattern at once, (4) that the sequence of events does not influence their outcome, (5) that the "careers" of entities are largely independent, (...)
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  6. Sociological Thought: Beyond Eurocentric Theory.Nahla Abdo-Zubi (ed.) - 1996 - Canadian Scholars' Press.
    By confining itself to Western male founders alone, conventional sociology has managed to exclude the female half of Western Society as well as non-European societies and social scientists. This book moves beyond the Eurocentric male character of sociology to claim the objectivity that social science is required to exhibit.
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  7. MACIVER, R.M. Society: A Text-Book of Sociology.Theodore Abel - 1938 - Journal of Social Philosophy 4:81.
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  8. Putting Social Theory Right?Peter Abell - 2000 - Sociological Theory 18 (3):518-523.
    The paper considers some of the implications of Coleman Diagrams in the context of the study of social interaction at the microlevel. Such studies cannot be adequately modeled without improved theoretical rigor. The Theory of Comparative Narratives is advanced as one possible analytical framework of the modeling of interactions.
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  9. Homo Sociologicus: Do We Need Him/Her?Peter Abell - 1991 - Sociological Theory 9 (2):195-198.
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  10. The Meaning of 'Theory'.Gabriel Abend - 2008 - Sociological Theory 26 (2):173-199.
    'Theory' is one of the most important words in the lexicon of contemporary sociology. Yet, their ubiquity notwithstanding, it is quite unclear what sociologists mean by the words 'theory,' 'theoretical,' and 'theorize.' I argue that confusions about the meaning of 'theory' have brought about undesirable consequences, including conceptual muddles and even downright miscommunication. In this paper I tackle two questions: what does 'theory' mean in the sociological language?; and what ought 'theory' to mean in the sociological language? I proceed in (...)
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  11. The Meaning of ‘Theory’.Gabriel Abend - 2008 - Sociological Theory 26 (2):173-199.
    'Theory' is one of the most important words in the lexicon of contemporary sociology. Yet, their ubiquity notwithstanding, it is quite unclear what sociologists mean by the words 'theory,' 'theoretical,' and 'theorize.' I argue that confusions about the meaning of 'theory' have brought about undesirable consequences, including conceptual muddles and even downright miscommunication. In this paper I tackle two questions: what does 'theory' mean in the sociological language?; and what ought 'theory' to mean in the sociological language? I proceed in (...)
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  12. George Herbert Mead.Mitchell Aboulafia - forthcoming - In Bryan S. Turner (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  13. Toward a General Theory of Institutional Autonomy.Seth Abrutyn - 2009 - Sociological Theory 27 (4):449 - 465.
    Institutional differentiation has been one of the central concerns of sociology since the days of Auguste Comte. However, the overarching tendency among institutionalists such as Durkheim or Spencer has been to treat the process of differentiation from a macro, "outside in" perspective. Missing from this analysis is how institutional differentiation occurs from the "inside out, "or through the efforts and struggles of individual and corporate actors. Despite the recent efforts of the "new institutionalism" to fill in this gap, a closer (...)
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  14. Ferdinand Tonnies: Utopian Visionary.Christopher Adair-Toteff - 1995 - Sociological Theory 13 (1):58-65.
    Among the founders of classical German sociology, Ferdinand Tonnies is still relatively neglected. Many reasons are given, but the most widespread and the most damning is that Tonnies is a pessimist who wished, in the face of modernity, to return to the supposed Golden Age of rural Germany, when the community, ruled by patriarchs, gathered on the land. This interpretation is fundamentally flawed: although Tonnies wanted to describe the rootless, ruthless, calculating individuals of modern society, he wished to recall the (...)
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  15. The Risk Society and Beyond: Critical Issues for Social Theory.Barbara Adam, Ulrich Beck & Joost van Loon (eds.) - 2000 - Sage Publications.
    Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout (...)
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  16. Sociology, Philosophy, History.Suzi Adams & Johann P. Arnason - 2016 - Social Imaginaries 2 (1):151-190.
    The dialogue focuses on the sources, contexts, and configuration of Johann P. Arnason’s intellectual trajectory. It is broadly framed around the interplay of philosophy, sociology, and history in his thought. Its scope is wide ranging, spanning critical and normative theory, phenomenology and hermeneutics, and contemporary and classical sociology. It explores the importance of Castoriadis, Merleau-Ponty and Patočka for Arnason’s understanding of the human condition from a comparative civilizational perspective; his engagement with Habermas and Eisenstadt for the development of his hermeneutic (...)
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  17. Toward a Unified Stratification Theory: Structure, Genome, and Status Across Human Societies.Daniel E. Adkins & Stephen Vaisey - 2009 - Sociological Theory 27 (2):99-121.
    While social scientists and geneticists have a shared interest in the personal characteristics instrumental to status attainment, little has been done to integrate these disparate perspectives. This is unfortunate, as the perspectives offer complementary insights, which, if properly combined, stand to substantially improve understanding of the stratification process. This article synthesizes research from the social sciences and genetics to develop a multistage theory of how social structure moderates the influence of the genome on status outcomes. Its thesis is that the (...)
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  18. Feminist Social Theory.Lisa Adkins - 2004 - In Austin Harrington (ed.), Modern Social Theory: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.
  19. Israeli Judaism: The Sociology of Religion in Israel, Edited by Shlomo Deshen, Charles S. Liebman, and Moshe Shokeid.J. Agassi - 1998 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28:471-477.
  20. Book Review : Shlomo Deshen, Charles S. Liebman, and Moshe Shokeid, Eds., Israeli Judaism: The Sociology of Religion in Israel, Studies of Israeli Society, Volume VII. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, Nj, 1995. Pp. XIV + 386. $44.95 (Cloth), $24.95 (Paper. [REVIEW]Joseph Agassi - 1998 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (3):471-477.
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  21. Rational Fools or Foolish Rationalists?: Bringing Meaning Back In.Maria Carmela Agodi - 1991 - Sociological Theory 9 (2):199-205.
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  22. Against Historicism/ for Theory: A Reply to Levine.Jeffrey Alexander - 1989 - Sociological Theory 7 (1):118-120.
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  23. Cultural Pragmatics: Social Performance Between Ritual and Strategy.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2004 - Sociological Theory 22 (4):527-573.
    From its very beginnings, the social study of culture has been polarized between structuralist theories that treat meaning as a text and investigate the patterning that provides relative autonomy and pragmatist theories that treat meaning as emerging from the contingencies of individual and collective action-so-called practices-and that analyze cultural patterns as reflections of power and material interest. In this article, I present a theory of cultural pragmatics that transcends this division, bringing meaning structures, contingency, power, and materiality together in a (...)
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  24. Theorizing the “Modes of Incorporation”: Assimilation, Hyphenation, and Multiculturalism as Varieties of Civil Participation.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (3):237-249.
  25. The Long and Winding Road: Civil Repair of Intimate Injustice.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 2001 - Sociological Theory 19 (3):371-400.
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  26. Neofunctionalism and After.Jeffrey C. Alexander (ed.) - 1998 - Blackwell.
    "Neofunctionalism and After" brings together for the first time in one volume all of Alexander's writings on neofunctionalism, the present volume also contains ...
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  27. Sociological Theory and the Claim to Reason: Why the End is Not in Sight.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1991 - Sociological Theory 9 (2):147-153.
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  28. Must We Choose Between Criticism and Faith? Reflections on the Later Work of Bernard Barber.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1991 - Sociological Theory 9 (1):124-128.
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  29. Parsons' "Structure" in American Sociology.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1988 - Sociological Theory 6 (1):96-102.
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  30. The Social Requisites for Altruism and Voluntarism: Some Notes on What Makes a Sector Independent.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1987 - Sociological Theory 5 (2):165-171.
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  31. Three Models of Culture and Society Relations: Toward an Analysis of Watergate.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1984 - Sociological Theory 2:290-314.
    One of the most important contributions of the Parsonian tradition has been its conceptualization of the relative autonomy and mutual interpenetration of culture and social systems. The first part of this chapter defines three ideal types of empirical relationships between culture and society: specification, refraction, and columnization. Each is related to different configurations of social structure and culture and, in turn, to different degrees of social conflict. The second part of the chapter uses this typology to illuminate critical aspects of (...)
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  32. The Parsons Revival in German Sociology.Jeffrey C. Alexander - 1984 - Sociological Theory 2:394-412.
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  33. Toward Neo-Functionalism.Jeffrey C. Alexander & Paul Colomy - 1985 - Sociological Theory 3 (2):11-23.
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  34. On Choosing One's Intellectual Predecessors: The Reductionism of Camic's Treatment of Parsons and the Institutionalists.Jeffrey C. Alexander & Giuseppe Sciortino - 1996 - Sociological Theory 14 (2):154-171.
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  35. Explaining Culture: A Naturalistic Approach by Dan Sperber. [REVIEW]Mahesh Ananth - 2001 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 31 (4):563-571.
  36. Literary Aspects of Sociological Redescription: A Comment on Papers by Mulkay and Gilbert and O'Neill.Digby Anderson - 1986 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 16 (1):83-88.
  37. Uses of Value Judgments in Feminist Social Science: A Case Study of Research on Divorce.Elizabeth Anderson - 2004 - Hypatia 19 (1):1-24.
  38. On Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory: A Critical Appreciation of Herbert Marcuse's Reason and Revolution, Fifty Years Later.Kevin Anderson - 1993 - Sociological Theory 11 (3):243-267.
    Marcuse's Reason and Revolution was the first Hegelian Marxist text to appear in English, the first systematic study of Hegel by a Marxist, and the first work in English to discuss the young Marx seriously. It introduced Hegelian and Marxist concepts such as alienation, subjectivity, negativity, and the Frankfurt School's critique of positivism to a wide audience in the United States. When the book first appeared, it was attacked sharply from the standpoint of empiricism and positivism by Sidney Hook, among (...)
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  39. Capitalism and the Science of History: Appleby, Marx, and Postmodernism.Patrick D. Anderson - unknown
    Joyce Appleby has written an extensive amount on the origins and development of capitalism, but her work is influenced by her belief that history is a science with at least some objectivity. She rejects Marxism as a relic of past historians with naïve beliefs about finding the laws of nature, but she also rejects postmodern criticisms of history because they undermine any chance for objectivity. Appleby believes the historian can be objective even if politics necessarily colors his or her work. (...)
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  40. Postmodern Storytelling Versus Pragmatic Truth-Seeking: The Discursive Bases of Social Theory.Robert J. Antonio - 1991 - Sociological Theory 9 (2):154-163.
    The task of speaking the truth is an infinite labor: to respect it in its complexity is an obligation that no power can afford to shortchange, unless it would impose the silence of slavery (Foucault 1989, p. 308).... the attainment of truth is the outcome of the development of complex and elaborate methods of searching, methods that... in many respects go against the human grain, so they are adopted only after long discipline in a school of hard knocks (Dewey [1925] (...)
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  41. Routine, Reflexivity, and Realism.Margaret S. Archer - 2010 - Sociological Theory 28 (3):272 - 303.
    Many scholars continue to accord routine action a central role in social theory and defend the continuing relevance of Bourdieu's habitus. Simultaneously, most recognize the importance of reflexivity. In this article, I consider three versions of the effort to render these concepts compatible, which I term "empirical combination," "hybridization," and "ontological and theoretical reconciliation." None of the efforts is ultimately successful in analytical terms. Moreover, I argue on empirical grounds that the relevance of habitus began to decrease toward the end (...)
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  42. Simmel's Theory of Alienation and the Decline of the Nonrational.Jorge Arditi - 1996 - Sociological Theory 14 (2):93-108.
    By any standard, nonrationality is an undertheorized concept in sociology. This paper attempts to open a discussion on nonrationality by analyzing one of the most fruitful theorizations of the concept: Simmel's. Simmel developed a theory that placed nonrationality on the same plane with rationality and attributed to the former a role as fundamental as the latter's in the foundations of action, and as central as the latter's in the generation of existential meanings. The gradual eclipse of the nonrational elements of (...)
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  43. Scientific and "Radical" Ethnomethodology: From Incompatible Paradigms to Ethnomethodological Sociology.Ilkka Arminen - 2008 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (2):167-191.
    Ethnomethodology has been torn between scientific and "radical" aspirations insofar as it moves discoursive practices from resources to the topic of the study. Scientific ethnomethodology, such as conversation analysis, studies discoursive praxis as its topic and resource. Standard scientific criteria are accepted to assess the merits of its findings. "Radical" ethnomethodology addresses mundane reasoning exclusively as its topic without recourse to standardized science. I will show that insofar as "radical" ethnomethodology succeeds in bracketing everyday resources, it loses its phenomenon with (...)
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  44. Culture, Power, and Institutions: A Multi-Institutional Politics Approach to Social Movements.Elizabeth A. Armstrong & Mary Bernstein - 2008 - Sociological Theory 26 (1):74 - 99.
    We argue that critiques of political process theory are beginning to coalesce into new approach to social movements--a "multi-institutional politics" approach. While the political process model assumes that domination is organized by and around one source of power, the alternative perspective views domination as organized around multiple sources of power, each of which is simultaneously material and symbolic. We examine the conceptions of social movements, politics, actors, goals, and strategies supported by each model, demonstrating that the view of society and (...)
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  45. Phenomenological Additions to the Bourdieusian Toolbox: Two Problems for Bourdieu, Two Solutions From Schutz.Will Atkinson - 2010 - Sociological Theory 28 (1):1-19.
    In constructing his renowned theory of practice, Pierre Bourdieu claimed to have integrated the key insights from phenomenology and successfully melded them with objectivist analysis. The contention here, however, is that while his vision of the social world may indeed be generally laudable, he did not take enough from phenomenology. More specifically, there are two concepts in Alfred Schutz 's body of work, which, if properly defined, disentangled from phenomenology, and appropriated, allow two frequently forwarded criticisms of Bourdieu's perspective to (...)
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  46. Georg Simmel as an Eidetic Social Scientist.Gary Backhaus - 1998 - Sociological Theory 16 (3):260-281.
    The article shows the affinity of Simmel's formal sociology with Husserl's notion of eidetic science. This thesis is demonstrated by the corroboration of Simmel's revision of neo-Kantian epistemology for sociology with Husserl's phenomenology, and the parallel discussion of Simmel and Husserl concerning cognitive levels and exact and morphological eide. Simmel's analysis of dyads is explored as an exemplar of his eidetic insights. An important consequence of this demonstration is the vindication establishing the scientific legitimacy of Simmel's methodology regarding the sociology (...)
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  47. The Honored Outsider Raymond Aron as Sociologist.Peter Baehr - 2013 - Sociological Theory 31 (2):93-115.
    Raymond Aron (1905–1983) assumed many guises over a long and fruitful career: journalist, polemicist, philosopher of history, counselor to political leaders and officials, theorist of nuclear deterrence and international relations. He was also France’s most notable sociologist. While Aron had especially close ties with Britain, a result of his days in active exile there during the Second World War, he was widely appreciated in the United States too. His book Main Currents in Sociological Thought was hailed a masterpiece; more generally, (...)
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  48. Social Theory in the Twentieth Century.Patrick Baert - 1998 - New York University Press.
    "I think this is an outstanding book. The coverage is comprehensive, the lines of thought and exposition are clear, and the level of discussion is very high yet remarkably lively and accessible. It has an underlying intellectual seriousness and engagement which shines out through the individual chapters, and the author's unwillingness to make do with secondary analyses and received ideas gives it a strength and freshness of approach which is extremely welcome." -- Professor William Outhwaite, University of Sussex Social Theory (...)
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  49. A Macro Sociology of Emotion: Class Resentment.J. M. Barbalet - 1992 - Sociological Theory 10 (2):150-163.
    Emotion inheres simultaneously in individuals and in the social structures and relationships in which individuals are embedded. Beginning with a critical examination of T.H. Marshall's account of class resentment, this paper considers the emotional patterns of resentment in class inequality, in trade cycle changes in costs and opportunities for income, and in class cultures. Arising from social relationships, emotion is the basis of action that subsequently affects the structure of social relationships. Thus emotion connects phases of social structure separated by (...)
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  50. Situating the Georgia Performance Standards in the Social Studies Debate: An Improvement for Social Studies Classrooms or Continuing the Whitewash.Michael Barbour, Mark Evans & Jason Ritter - 2007 - Journal of Social Studies Research 31 (1):27.
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