Theories of Social Change : a Critical Appraisal
Now available in paperback, Theories of Social Change presents a classic statement of Boudona s stance in social theory and empirical sociology. Boudon criticizes the theories of social change that dominated sociology between the early 1950s and the late 1970s, and elaborates his own distinctive account. Suitable for academics, students and researchers in sociology, politics, economics and anthropology.
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- Paperback | 264 pages
- 153 x 227 x 20mm | 384g
- 16 Apr 1992
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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. Epilogue. Notes. General Index.
a Ought to do almost all its readers a lot of good. And Boudon and his translator both deserve the readera s gratitude for the clarity and consecutiveness of it all.a New Society a A critical reading of a wide range of texts concerning social change in various historical and cultural settings ...a Contemporary Sociology a This is a brave attempt at a new kind of textbook on the sociology of development.a Political Studies Association a Boudona s arguments deserve the attention, if not always the assent, of scholars from a wide range of fields.a Stephen Crook, University of Tasmania
About Raymond Boudon
Raymond Boudon is the author of many other works including The Analysis of Ideology, (Polity Press, 1989).