Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sociological Theory Today

    1. Jonathan H. Turner
      Pages 1-17
  3. Theoretical Methodologies and Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Stephan Fuchs
      Pages 21-35
    3. Guillermina Jasso
      Pages 37-68
  4. The Cultural Turn in Sociological Theorizing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. George Ritzer, Douglas Goodman
      Pages 151-169
    3. Michèle Lamont
      Pages 171-185
  5. Theorizing Interaction Process

  6. Theorizing from the Systemic and Macrolevel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. Peter M. Blau
      Pages 343-352
    3. Jonathan H. Turner, David E. Boyns
      Pages 353-378
    4. Kenneth D. Bailey
      Pages 379-401
  7. New Directions in Evolutionary Theorizing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Stephen K. Sanderson
      Pages 435-455
  8. Theorizing on Power, Conflict, and Charge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. Michael Burawoy, Erik Olin Wright
      Pages 459-486
    3. Alan Sica
      Pages 487-507
    4. Charles Tilly
      Pages 567-588
    5. Christopher Chase-Dunn
      Pages 589-612
  9. Theorizing from Assumptions of Rationality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 633-633
    2. Siegwart Lindenberg
      Pages 635-668
    3. Guillermina Jasso
      Pages 669-698
    4. Karen S. Cook, Eric R. W. Rice
      Pages 699-719
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 721-745

About this book


Sociology is experiencing what can only be described as hyperdifferentiation of theories - there are now many approaches competing for attention in the intellectual arena . From this perspective, we should see a weeding out of theories to a small number, but this is not likely to occur because each of the many theoretical perspectives has a resource base of adherents. As a result, theories in sociology do not compete head on with each other as much as they coexist.

This seminal reference work was brought together with an eye to capturing the diversity of theoretical activity in sociology - specifically the forefront of theory. Contributors describe what they themselves are doing right now rather than what others have done in the past. The goal of this volume is to allow prominent theorists working in a variety of traditions - who wouldn't usually come together - to review their work. The chapters in this volume represent a mix of theoretical orientations and strategies, but these these theories are diverse and represent the prominent theoretical discussions in sociology today. Some areas included are:

Section I: Theoretical Methodologies and Strategies

Section II: The Cultural Turn in Sociological Theorizing

Section III: Theorizing Interaction Processes

Section IV: Theorizing from the Systemic and Macrolevel

Section V: New Directions in Evolutionary Theorizing

Section VI: Theorizing on Power, Conflict, and Change

SectionVII: Theorizing from Assumptions of Rationality

This handbook will be of interest to those wanting a broad spectrum and overview of late 20th - early 21st century sociological theory.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan H. Turner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaRiverside

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-32458-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-36274-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6903
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