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Theoretical Methods in Social History
1st Edition - January 28, 1978
Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe
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Theoretical Methods in Social History examines how generality can be wrested from historical facts. The book explores the various aspects on the application of social theory to… Read more
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Theoretical Methods in Social History examines how generality can be wrested from historical facts. The book explores the various aspects on the application of social theory to historical materials. Chapters delve on various historical issues such as the sociological bias of Trotsky and De Tocqueville; functional analysis of class relations in Smelser and Bendix; and the analogy between intellectual productions. Historians and philosophers will find the book interesting.
ContentsPreface1 What Theory in History Should Be and Do Why General Ideas Are Justified The Logical Positivist Version of Research Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Methods Epochal Interpretations The Theoretical Character of Narrative The Intellectual Tradition and This Book Logic, Classes, and Causal Statements A Case of Analogy Explication History in Modern Sociology Empiricism and Theoretical Strategies Technical Appendix: The Logic of Analogy 2 Analogy and Generality in Trotsky and de Tocqueville The Sociological Bias of Trotsky and de Tocqueville The Sociology of Authority Authority and Effectiveness The Social Construction of Authoritative Purposes Democracy, Liberty, and Authority Authority and Inequality or "Justice" Structures of Authority and Strategic Groups Authority and Symbols Authority and Dual Power The Implications of the Preceding Discussion Geographical, Social, or Political Distribution as an Index of a Process The Predispositions of Systems Principles of Cumulative Causation Virtual Choice Conclusions 3 Functional Analysis of Class Relations in Smelser and Bendix Smelser's Argument Functional Explanation of Change "Disturbance" The Problems of Running a Family Ideal Sequence Comparison Comparative Histories of Roles The Argument from Functional Completeness The Theory and the Strategy Bendix on Management Ideology Identification of Ideological Problems The Variety of Ideological Products Analogy between Intellectual Productions4 Conclusion What Makes Human Actions Analogous? The Logic of Concepts ReferencesIndex