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Structures of power and constraint: papers in honor of Peter M. Blau

Calhoun, Craig, Meyer, Marshall W. and Scott, W. Richard, eds. (1990) Structures of power and constraint: papers in honor of Peter M. Blau. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

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Are social structures products of human action, expressions of individual or group power? Or are they essentially external constraints on human action, necessarily analyzed at a different level? How are themes of power and constraint to be joined in a common analytic approach? These have long been central questions for sociologists. since the collapse of functionalism as a unifying paradigm, however they have often appeared as the basis for sharp divisions between competing analytic paradigms. The divide between structuralism and rational-choice theory has been one of the most prominent such splits. Yet each approach has undergone a revival in past years. The editors of this book, in honour of Peter Blau, brought together a wide range of distinguished sociologists who have taken positions on different sides of this issue and brings them into focus as parts of a common discourse on the place of social structure and concepts of strategic action in sociological explanation.

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Additional Information: © 1990 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:37

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