Theories of Social Change

Theories of Social Change : A Critical Appraisal

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Boudon provides a wide ranging critique of the existing theories of social change in sociology, documenting his ideas with empirical illustrations. He argues that social life is in a fundamental sense marked by disorder. Not only are there no laws of social life, but patterns of social change continually diverge from the outcome which social actors attempt to achieve.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • index
  • 0745601197
  • 9780745601199

Table of contents

Foreword 1. Theories of Social Change 2. Individual Action, Aggregation Effects and Social Change 3. The Laws Governing Change: the Nomological Bias 4. Structures and Change: the Structuralist Bias 5. The Search for the Prime Mover: the Ontological Bias 6. A Well-Tempered Determinism 7. Giving Disorder its Due
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