A pithy and clear guide to the process of creating and evaluating theory in the social sciences. Using a simple model of theory creation and assessment--and applying it in depth to foundational and still-relevant social and economic theorists such as Durkheim, Marx and Parsons--Neil Smelser shows the way to a better understanding of what social, political, and similar theory is supposed to accomplish...and how it can be read critically.
First appearing in 1971 as a monograph drawn from his undergraduate class on sociological theory, Dr. Smelser's how-to book is now presented in modern format and with his timeless examples and explanations. Featuring a new Preface by the author, as well as a new Foreword by Arlie Russell Hochschild, this book makes understanding the insides of a theoretical framework as clear as such a daunting feat can credibly be accomplished. Useful for students and researchers learning the tools to read all sorts of theory in a critical manner, its republication and new presentation bring Dr. Smelser's legendary course on social theory to a new generation.
Quality ebook formatting includes active Table of Contents, linked footnotes, legible graphics, and linked Index of Sections. The original page numbers are embedded for continuity of citation and syllabi.
Part of the Classics of the Social Sciences Series from Quid Pro Books. Available in digital and new paperback edition.
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Published January 31, 2011
by Quid Pro Books.
Political & Social Sciences.