Purpose, Meaning, and Action

Control Systems Theories in Sociology

  • Editors
  • Kent A. McClelland
  • Thomas J. Fararo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Control Systems Thinking in Sociological Theory

    1. Thomas J. Fararo, Kent A. McClelland
      Pages 1-27
  3. From Perceptual Control to Institutional Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Kent A. McClelland
      Pages 31-56
    3. Clark McPhail, David S. Schweingruber, Alin Ceobanu
      Pages 57-83
    4. Thomas J. Fararo, John Skvoretz
      Pages 113-136
  4. Affect Control and Identity Control in Social Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Overview and Comparison of Two Theories

    3. Studies in Affect Control

      1. David R. Heise
        Pages 189-211
      2. Neil J. MacKinnon, Michelle M. Goulbourne
        Pages 237-266
    4. Studies in Identity Control

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 317-332

About this book


Control Systems Theory, a newly developing theoretical perspective, starts from an important insight into human behaviour: that people attempt to control the world around them as they perceive it. This book brings together for the first time the work of prominent sociologists contributing to the development of this wideranging theoretical paradigm.


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