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The Resource Sociocultural systems : principles of structure and change, Frank W. Wlwell, (electronic resource)

Sociocultural systems : principles of structure and change, Frank W. Wlwell, (electronic resource)

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Sociocultural systems : principles of structure and change
Title
Sociocultural systems
Title remainder
principles of structure and change
Statement of responsibility
Frank W. Wlwell
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Macrosociology--the study of large-scale social structures and the fundamental principles of social organization--was the style of sociology practiced by the founders of the discipline. Today, the social theories of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Herbert Spencer (among others) are commonly studied as part of the history of the field, but, although the macrosociological approach that these thinkers advocated is still employed, it no longer dominates the discipline. Instead, sociologists typically adopt a narrower focus, specializing in areas such as social psychology, medicine, religion, or the study of social stratification. Examining the bigger picture is a task often left to public intellectuals. Sociocultural Systems aims to reinstate macrosciology as the heart of the discipline by demonstrating that both classical and contemporary macrosociologists stand upon common ground. Focusing on the broad issues that concerned the founders, Elwell addresses questions such as: Historically, what factors accounted for the origin, survival, and evolution of sociocultural systems? Why were some societies more technologically advanced than others? What is the origin of capitalism? What factors determine the allocation of goods and services within and among societies? What effects do changes in government and economic institutions have on communities? Elwell argues that, as evolution does for biology, the macrosociological paradigm offers an analytical strategy that can be used both to guide and prioritize research in all of the myriad specialties within sociology and to lay forth an orderly body of knowledge for students. Clearly articulating important sociological principles, Sociocultural Systems provides a critical understanding of social institutions and issues, while also furnishing a framework for possible solutions to the perennial social crises that are part and parcel of the development of human societies.
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Elwell, Frank W
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Macrosociology
  • Social structure
  • Social change
Label
Sociocultural systems : principles of structure and change, Frank W. Wlwell, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-370) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Evolutionism in the Work of the Founders
  • 4.
  • Contemporary Social Evolution
  • 5.
  • Bureaucratization
  • 6.
  • Capital
  • 7.
  • The State
  • 8.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Rationalization
  • 10.
  • The System
  • A Glossary of Sociology
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1.
  • Principles of Macrosociology
  • 2.
  • Materialism in Macrosociology
  • 3.
Control code
857093590
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 385 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781299709553
Isbn Type
(MIL ISBN)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)857093590
Type of computer file
Text (Electronic book)
Label
Sociocultural systems : principles of structure and change, Frank W. Wlwell, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-370) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Evolutionism in the Work of the Founders
  • 4.
  • Contemporary Social Evolution
  • 5.
  • Bureaucratization
  • 6.
  • Capital
  • 7.
  • The State
  • 8.
  • Acknowledgements
  • Rationalization
  • 10.
  • The System
  • A Glossary of Sociology
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1.
  • Principles of Macrosociology
  • 2.
  • Materialism in Macrosociology
  • 3.
Control code
857093590
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 385 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781299709553
Isbn Type
(MIL ISBN)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)857093590
Type of computer file
Text (Electronic book)

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