The Micro Basis of the Meso and Macro Social Realms



For the last 50 years, sociological theory has been trying to “solve” the riddle of how to connect theoretically the micro and macro realms of social reality. For many years, I argued that this riddle would solve itself with the development of more formal theorizing across a wide variety of phenomena, ranging from face-to-face interaction through groups, communities, organizations, and social categories to institutions, class systems, societies and inter-societal systems. As I look back on the past four decades, the discipline has made enormous strides in theorizing virtually all phenomena in the social universe. Surprisingly, we continues to beat itself up over the lack of progress in explanatory theory but, in fact, there has been a great deal of theoretical cumulation since, say, the height of Parsonsian theorizing of the 1950s and early 1960s to the present. It is this cumulation that has given me the confidence (some would say “arrogance”) to write a set of volumes like Theoretical Principles of Sociology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of California at RiversideRiversideUSA

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