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Practical Sociology: Post-empiricism and the Reconstruction of Theory and Application

Practical Sociology: Post-empiricism and the Reconstruction of Theory and Application

Christopher Bryant

ISBN: 978-0-745-61493-9

Jan 1996, Polity

208 pages

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$39.95

Description

This book offers a new analysis of some basic issues in sociology and social theory, arguing that the social sciencs can, and should, play a major practical role in modern social life.
Preface.

1. Introduction: Theory, Metatheory and Discourse.

2. Concept Formation: Contest and Reconstruction.

3. The Constitution of Society: Agency and Structure.

4. Values in Social Science: Decisions, Justifications and Communities.

5. Models of Applied Social Science: Engineering, Enlightenment, Interaction and Dialogue.

6. Conclusion: Impossible and Possible Sociology.

Notes.

References.

Index.

"A very useful and insightful book." Political Studies
* This book offers a fresh analysis of some basic issues in sociology and social theory, concerning especially the relation between theory and practice.
* A timely reappraisal of social science in the wake of large-scale transformations in theoretical thinking over the past two decades.