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Getting sociology right : a half-century of reflections

Author: Neil J Smelser
Publisher: Berkeley, California : University of California Press, 2014.
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"Neil J. Smelser, one of the most important and influential American sociologists, traces the discipline of sociology from 1969 to the early twenty-first century in Getting Sociology Right: A Half-Century of Reflections. By examining sociology as a vocation and building on the work of Talcott Parsons, Smelser discusses his views on the discipline of sociology, and how his perspective of the field evolved in the
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil J Smelser
ISBN: 9780520282070 0520282078 9780520282087 0520282086
OCLC Number: 861677183
Description: 325 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: PART I: EARLY SEARCHING. 1. The Optimum Scope of Sociology (1969) --
2. Sociology and the Other Social Sciences (1967) --
3. Some Personal Thoughts on the Pursuit of Sociological Problems (1969) --
PART II: LATER EXPLORATIONS. 4. Biography, the Structure of Explanation, and the Evaluation of Research in Sociology (1980) --
5. External Influences on Sociology (1990) --
6. Sociology's Next Decades: Centrifugality, Conflict, Accommodation (1990) --
7. Sociology as Science, Humanism, and Art (1994) --
8. Problematics in the Internationalization of Social Science Knowledge (1991) --
9. Social Sciences and Social Problems: The Next Century (1995) --10. The Questionable Logic of "Mistakes" in the Dynamics of Knowledge Growth in the Social Sciences (2005) --
PART III. SOME RECENT REFLECTIONS --11. Looking Back at Twenty-Five Years of Sociology and the Annual Review of Sociology (1999) --12. Sociological and Interdisciplinary Adventures: A Personal Odyssey (2000).
Responsibility: Neil J. Smelser.

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