Neofunctionalism and After. Collected Readings. Twentieth Century Social Theory

  • ID: 2246471
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Neofunctionalism and After brings together for the first time in one volume all of Alexander′s writings on neofunctionalism, the present volume also contains two chapters written especially for this publication. The first, "From Functionalism to Neofunctionalism: Creating a Position in the Field of Social Theory," is an autobiographical reconstruction of the origins of this movement. The other, "Action, Culture, and Civil Society," is an ambitious theoretical argument in which Alexander asserts that the internal contradictions of neofunctionalism inevitably lead to a new movement of theoretical reconstruction that goes beyond it.
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Series Editor′s Preface.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Origins of a Theoretical Project:.

1. From Functionalism to Neofunctionalism: Creating a Position in the Field of Social Theory.

2. Traditions and Competition: Preface to a Postpositivist Approach to Knowledge Cumulation.

Part II: Reinventing Parsons/Reconstructing His Tradition:.

3. Neofunctionalism Today: Reconstructing a Theoretical Tradition.

4. Parsons′s Structure in American Sociology.

5. Formal Sociology Is not Multidimensional: Breaking the Code in Parsons′s Fragment on Simmel.

6. On Choosing Ones Intellectual Predecessors: Why Charles Camic is Wrong About Parsons′s Early Work.

7. Structure, Value, Action: What Did the Early Parsons Mean and What Should He Have Said, Instead?.

Part III: After Neofunctionalism: Its Contribution to Theory Creation Today: .

8. The New Theoretical Movement.

9. Action, Culture and Civil Society.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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Jeffrey C. Alexander
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