Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the `organization of modernity′, in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the `rationalistic revolution′ of the `golden age′ of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the `collectivist alternative′: the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social scie
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Peter Wagner is Professor of Social and Political Theory in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence
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Book Description Sage Publications Ltd, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0761965688