The volume is organized into four major sections:
- An introduction to the nature of social scientific analysis;
- A review of the work of the major social scientific figures of the nineteenth century and their impacts in the twentieth;
- A comprehensive discussion of the post-Second World War theories of Third World development;
- A prospective study of the current debates within the field of development theory about global structures and agent responses.
Abbreviations and Acronyms.
Part I: The Nature of Social Theorising:.
1. Arguments and Actions in Social Theorising.
Part II: Classical Social Theory:.
2. The Rise of a Social Science of Humankind.
3. Adam Smith and the Spontaneous Order of the Marketplace.
4. Karl Marx and the Dialectics of Historical Change.
5. Emile Durkheim and the Evolution of the Division of Labour.
6. The Transitional Work of Max Weber.
7. The Divisions of Intellectual Labour of the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991.
Part III: Contemporary Theories of Development:.
8. The Legacies of the Colonial Era: Structures, Institutions and Images.
9. Decolonization, Cold War and the Construction of Modernization Theory.
10. The Development Experience of Latin America: Structuralism and Dependency Theory.
11. The Pursuit of Effective Nationstatehood: The Work of the Institutionalist Development Theorists.
12. The Critical Work of Marxist Development Theory.
13. The Assertion of Third World Solidarity: Global Development Approaches.
14. The Affirmation of the Role of the Market: Metropolitan Neo Liberalism in the 1980s.
Part IV: New Analyses of Complex Change:.
15. Global System Interdependence: The New Structural Analyses of the Dynamics of Industrial-Capitalism.
16. Agent Centered Analyses and the Acknowledgment of the Diversity of Forms-of-life.
17. The Formal Character of a New General Approach to Development.
18. A New Substantive Focus: From Theorising the Development of the Third World to Elucidating the Dynamics of Complex Change in the Tripolar Global Industrial-Capitalist system.