A Critical Dictionary of Sociology by Raymond Boudon, Francois Bourricaud

By Raymond Boudon, Francois Bourricaud

Unlike so much different sociology or social technological know-how dictionaries, during this translation of the Critical Dictionary of Sociology, taken from the second one French variation of the Dictionary and edited by way of the English sociologist Peter Hamilton, the severe price of this exact paintings is ultimately made to be had for a much wider audience.

Each access grapples at once with a subject, no matter if theoretical, epistemological, philosophical, political or empirical, and offers a robust assertion of what the authors give it some thought. The discussions are thought of yet argumentative.  by means of reaffirming non-marxist kind of critique remains to be attainable, Boudon and Bourricaud have provided a particular method of the major concerns which confront the societies of the 20th and Twenty-First centuries.

For a few this paintings might be a textbook, for others an essential sourcebook of sociological innovations, and for many a fashion of establishing our eyes to new dimensions in our realizing of the good rules and theories of sociology.

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But the most effective protection is for the sociologist to verify that his microsociological analysis is quite compatible with the macrosociological data that he is able to observe. This second stage of analysis is generally in conformity with the classical epistemological schemas of a Popperian type. Thus, the microsociological analysis leads to a theory T, this theory T contains inferences, a,b,c,d…n. The theory is acceptable if a,b,c…n are congruent with empirical observation. The greater the number and distinctiveness of the inferences a,b,c,d…n, the more credible is theory T.

The effectiveness of collective action and in consequence the benefits that it can produce are dependent upon the participation of every individual. In this case, we are concerned with an oligopolistic latent group, for which the oligopolies of economic theory provide a perfect example. A second example, already encountered above, is that where collective action is assured by the existence of coercive measures. To this case must be added the example of means of indirect pressure, illustrated by the teachers’ and research workers’ unions in France.

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