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Herbert Spencer : structure, function, and evolution

Author: Herbert Spencer; Stanislav Andreski
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1971.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Herbert Spencer's sociology and his theory of social evolution are thought by many to be dead. This--as Talcott Parsons pointed out--is because they do not read him. Spencer is essentially a modern thinker, and his work demonstrates the absurdity of many distinctions between supposed 'schools' in contemporary sociology. He was one of the earliest exponents of a 'structural-functional' analysis of society, and used  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert Spencer; Stanislav Andreski
ISBN: 0684139456 9780684139456
OCLC Number: 1323642
Description: vii, 257 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: edited and with an introductory essay by Stanislav Andreski.

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"Herbert Spencer's sociology and his theory of social evolution are thought by many to be dead. This--as Talcott Parsons pointed out--is because they do not read him. Spencer is essentially a modern thinker, and his work demonstrates the absurdity of many distinctions between supposed 'schools' in contemporary sociology. He was one of the earliest exponents of a 'structural-functional' analysis of society, and used this specifically to provide a systematic theory of social change showing that any supposed conflict between 'functional' analysis and an account of social change is inaccurate. His contribution was considerable not only in helping to clarify the conceptual basis of sociology, but also in undertaking broad studies in comparative sociology within a necessary classification of types of society. His resulting account of particular social institutions--the family, religion, property, the professions, etc., and especially of their nature in modern industrial society--shows remarkable insight and provides a fund of knowledge which is still worthwhile."--Publisher description.

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