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Functionalism Exchange & Theoretical Strategy M.J. Mulkay

Functionalism Exchange & Theoretical Strategy

M.J. Mulkay

Published February 1st 1993
ISBN : 9780751201031
Hardcover
272 pages
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This study examines the development of functionalism and exchange theory in sociology by looking closely at the work of five major theorists in chronological order. Particular attention is given to variations in theoretical strategy and to the way inMoreThis study examines the development of functionalism and exchange theory in sociology by looking closely at the work of five major theorists in chronological order. Particular attention is given to variations in theoretical strategy and to the way in which each theorist was led to devise a new strategy in response to the demonstrably unsatisfactory strategies of his predecessors. Intellectural change during this phase of sociological theory is seen to have been neither continuous nor cumulative but to have been characterized by radical alterations in direction as theorists tried unsuccessfully to find the procedures which would generate a truly scientific theory of society. The reasons for this disappointing pattern of uncertain theoretical development are studied in depth.