New Directions in Contemporary Sociological Theory

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-07-31
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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This book introduces some of the most influential recent sociological theories, each covered in an essay written by the theory's founder or by a leading exponent. Presented in nontechnical language, each essay reviews the key positions and supporting research; many incorporate discussion of critical or opposing positions. This unique book serves as an invaluable advanced introduction or review for graduate or upper-level students who want to gain an understanding of important theoretical advances. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Theory Programs, Teaching Theory, and Contemporary Theoriesp. 3
Affect and Statusp. 15
Understanding Social Interaction with Affect Control Theoryp. 17
Expectation States Theory: An Evolving Research Programp. 41
Norms, Exchange, and Networksp. 77
Development of a Theory of Collective Action: From the Emergence of Norms to AIDS Prevention and the Analysis of Social Structurep. 79
Network Exchange Theoryp. 109
Social Movements and Revolutionsp. 145
The Resource Mobilization Research Program: Progress, Challenge, and Transformationp. 147
Recent Developments in Critical Mass Theoryp. 172
Theory Development in the Study of Revolutionsp. 194
Institutional Structuresp. 227
The Development and Application of Sociological Neoinstitutionalismp. 229
The Selectorate Model: A Theory of Political Institutionsp. 267
Theory Construction and Theory Integrationp. 293
Theoretical Integration and Generative Structuralismp. 295
Seven Secrets for Doing Theoryp. 317
Reflections on Careers in Theoryp. 343
Reflections on a Career as a Theoristp. 345
The Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis; or, How to Resist Becoming a Theoryp. 358
Indexp. 377
About the Contributorsp. 391
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