On Sociology: Numbers, Narratives, and the Integration of Research and Theory

Paperback | July 1, 2000

byJohn H. Goldthorpe

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On Sociology brings together a collection of essays all written in the last ten years by one of the best-known and influential British sociologist, John H. Goldthorpe. The essays are concerned with the intellectual discovery of contemporary sociology. The collection begins with essays criticalof various current tendencies in sociology and moves on to essays that outline a programme for a new sociological mainstream. This would combine the established strengths of quantitative sociology with recent developments in the theory of social action, especially rational action theory. Essaysillustrative of this style of sociology then follow dealing with substantive topics in the field of social stratification. The final essay takes up some of the relevant issues in the history of sociology.

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On Sociology brings together a collection of essays all written in the last ten years by one of the best-known and influential British sociologist, John H. Goldthorpe. The essays are concerned with the intellectual discovery of contemporary sociology. The collection begins with essays criticalof various current tendencies in sociology ...

John H. Goldthorpe is at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198295723

ISBN - 13:9780198295723

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Chapter 1Chapter 2. The Uses of History in SociologyChapter 3. Current Issues in Comparative MacrosociologyChapter 4. Socialogical Ethnography TodayChapter 5. The Quantitative Analysis of Large-Scale Data-Sets and Rational Action TheoryChapter 6. Rational Action Theory for SociologyChapter 7. Causation, Statistics, and SociologyChapter 8. Class Analysis and the Reorientation of Class TheoryChapter 9. Explaining Educational DifferentialsChapter 10. Social Class and the Differentiation of Employment ContractsChapter 11. Outline of a Theory of Social MobilityChapter 12. Sociology and the Probabilistic Revolution, 1830-1930

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`On Sociology is a path-breaking book...Goldthorpe's project has all the scope and reach of the postwar fuctionalist program of Parsons and Merton, but it is likely to be more successful precisely becuase it allows a substantial role for empirical scholarship and can therefore contain andencompass the ongoing quantitative revolution...It is not, then, altogether implausible that the publication of On Sociology will come to be seen as a turning point in the history of the discipline.'David Grusky and Matthew Di Carlo, Cornell University, European Sociological Review