Social Theory : A Basic Tool Kit

This accessible text introduces social theory as a set of flexible and practical concepts that can be used to reflect on and make sense of social behaviour. It encourages the reader to critically assess social explanations and to construct their own as active theorists in their own right. Drawing on...

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Main Authors: Parker, John, Mars, Leonard (Author), Ransome, Paul (Author), Stanworth, Hilary (Author)
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: London Macmillan Education UK 2003, 2003
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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505 0 |a The Tool Kit -- PART I: THE CONCEPT OF THE INDIVIDUAL -- What Do Individuals Explain? -- Testing the Explanatory Value of Individuals -- PART II: THE CONCEPT OF NATURE -- What Does Nature Explain? -- Testing the Explanatory Value of Nature -- PART III: THE CONCEPT OF CULTURE -- What Does Culture Explain? -- Testing the Explanatory Value of Culture -- PART IV: THE CONCEPT OF ACTION -- What Does Action Explain? -- Testing the Explanatory Value of Action -- PART V: THE CONCEPT OF SOCIAL STRUCTURE -- What Does Social Structure Explain? -- Testing the Explanatory Value of Social Structure -- PART VI: CONCLUSION -- Get Real: A Perspective on Social Science -- Being Practical: The Uses and Payoffs of Social Explanation -- Appendix: Do it Yourself; Using the Tool Kit to Develop Your Own Hypotheses -- Glossary -- Bibliography and Guide to Further Reading -- Index 
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520 |a This accessible text introduces social theory as a set of flexible and practical concepts that can be used to reflect on and make sense of social behaviour. It encourages the reader to critically assess social explanations and to construct their own as active theorists in their own right. Drawing on examples chosen to appeal to a wide, international student readership, it offers a resolutely straightforward, practical and student-centred approach to theory, avoiding the heavy emphasis on individual theorists and the often difficult language of many existing texts