Sociological Theory – A Contemporary View: How to Read, Criticize and Do Theory

A pithy, clear guide to creating and evaluating theory in the social sciences. Using a simple model of theory assessment--and applying it in depth to foundational and still-relevant social and economic theorists such as Durkheim, Marx and Parsons--Dr. Smelser shows the way to a better understanding of what social theory is supposed to accomplish and how to read it critically. New Introductions. More

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University Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

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