Table of contents for Modern and postmodern theorising : bridging the divide / Nicos P. Mouzelis.


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Introduction; Part I. The Theoretical Background: The Development of the Agency-Structure Problematic: 1. From Parsons' to Giddens' synthesis; Part II. Parsonian and Post-Parsonian Developments: 2. Parsons and the development of individual rights; 3. Evolution and democracy: Parsons and the collapse of communism; 4. Post-Parsonian theory I: neo-functionalism and beyond; Postscript: Alexander's cultural sociology; 5. Post-Parsonian theory II: beyond the normative and the utilitarian; Part III. Agency and Structure: Reworking some Basic Conceptual Tools: 6. Social and system integration: Lockwood, Habermas and Giddens; 7. The subjectivist-objectivist divide: against transcendence; 8. Habitus and reflexivity: restructuring Bourdieu's theory of practice; Part IV. Bridges Between Modern and Late/Postmodern Theorizing: 9. Modernity: a non-Eurocentric conceptualization; 10. Ethical relativism: between scientism and cultural relativism; 11. Cognitive relativism: between positivistic and relativistic thinking in the social sciences; 12. Social causation: between social constructionism and critical realism; Part V. Towards a Non-Essentialist Holism: 13. Grand narratives: contextless and context-sensitive theories; 14. The actor-structure dimension: anti-conflationist holism; 15. The micro-macro dimension: anti-essentialist holism; 16. The inter-institutional dimension: beyond economism and culturalism; Instead of Conclusion: twelve rules for the construction of an open-ended holistic paradigm; Appendix: In defence of 'grand' historical sociology.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Postmodernism -- Social aspects.
Sociology -- Methodology.
Sociology -- Philosophy.
Social sciences -- Philosophy.