Theoretical Methods in Social History

Theoretical Methods in Social History

1st Edition - January 28, 1978

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  • Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264851

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Theoretical Methods in Social History examines how generality can be wrested from historical facts. The book explores the various aspects on the application of social theory to historical materials. Chapters delve on various historical issues such as the sociological bias of Trotsky and De Tocqueville; functional analysis of class relations in Smelser and Bendix; and the analogy between intellectual productions. Historians and philosophers will find the book interesting.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    1 What Theory in History Should Be and Do

    Why General Ideas Are Justified

    The Logical Positivist Version of Research

    Quantitative Methods and Theoretical Methods

    Epochal Interpretations

    The Theoretical Character of Narrative

    The Intellectual Tradition and This Book

    Logic, Classes, and Causal Statements

    A Case of Analogy


    History in Modern Sociology

    Empiricism and Theoretical Strategies

    Technical Appendix: The Logic of Analogy

    2 Analogy and Generality in Trotsky and de Tocqueville

    The Sociological Bias of Trotsky and de Tocqueville

    The Sociology of Authority

    Authority and Effectiveness

    The Social Construction of Authoritative Purposes

    Democracy, Liberty, and Authority

    Authority and Inequality or "Justice"

    Structures of Authority and Strategic Groups

    Authority and Symbols

    Authority and Dual Power

    The Implications of the Preceding Discussion

    Geographical, Social, or Political Distribution as an Index of a Process

    The Predispositions of Systems

    Principles of Cumulative Causation

    Virtual Choice


    3 Functional Analysis of Class Relations in Smelser and Bendix

    Smelser's Argument

    Functional Explanation of Change


    The Problems of Running a Family

    Ideal Sequence Comparison

    Comparative Histories of Roles

    The Argument from Functional Completeness

    The Theory and the Strategy

    Bendix on Management Ideology

    Identification of Ideological Problems

    The Variety of Ideological Products

    Analogy between Intellectual Productions

    4 Conclusion

    What Makes Human Actions Analogous?

    The Logic of Concepts



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  • No. of pages: 142
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264851

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