Action Theory and Social Science

Action Theory and Social Science

PREFACE This book is intended as a contribution to the foundations of the sciences of man, especially the social ... me that action theory, as it is relevant to social science, still awaits vital contributions from logic and philosophy.

Author: I. Pörn

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401012683

Category: Philosophy

Page: 138

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This book is intended as a contribution to the foundations of the sciences of man, especially the social sciences. It has been argued with increasing frequency in recent years that the vocabulary of social science is to a large extent an action vocabulary and that any attempt to systematize concepts and establish bases for understanding in the field cannot, therefore, succeed unless it is firmly built on action theory. I think that these claims are sub stantially correct, but at the same time it seems to me that action theory, as it is relevant to social science, still awaits vital contributions from logic and philosophy. For example, it has often been said, rightly I believe, that situa tions in which two or more agents interact constitute the subject-matter of social science. But have we got an action theory which is rich enough or com prehensive enough to allow us to characterize the interaction situation? I think not. Once we have such a theory, however, we should be able to give an accurate account of central social phenomena and to articulate our concep tions about the nature of social reality. The conceptual scheme advanced in this book consists, in the first instance, of solutions to a number of characterization problems, i. e. problems which may be expressed by questions of the form "What is the nature of . . .
Categories: Philosophy

A Theory of Social Action

A Theory of Social Action

In other words , a holistic , realist practical methodology of theory formation in social science can be conceived and even recommended without this contradicting an ultimate individualistic scientific realism as sketched above . II .

Author: R. Tuomela

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9027717036

Category: Philosophy

Page: 534

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It is somewhat surprising to find out how little serious theorizing there is in philosophy (and in social psychology as well as sociology) on the nature of social actions or joint act. hons in the sense of actions performed together by several agents. Actions performed by single agents have been extensively discussed both in philosophy and in psycho~ogy. There is, ac cordingly, a booming field called action theory in philosophy but it has so far strongly concentrated on actions performed by single agents only. We of course should not forget game theory, a discipline that systematically studies the strategic interac tion between several rational agents. Yet this important theory, besides being restricted to strongly rational acting, fails to study properly several central problems related to the concep tual nature of social action. Thus, it does not adequately clarify and classify the various types of joint action (except perhaps from the point of view of the agents' utilities). This book presents a systematic theory of social action. Because of its reliance on so-called purposive causation and generation it is called the purposive-causal theory. This work also discusses several problems related to the topic of social action, for instance that of how to create from this perspective the most central concepts needed by social psychology and soci ology. While quite a lot of ground is covered in the book, many important questions have been left unanswered and many others unasked as well.
Categories: Philosophy

Toward a General Theory of Action

Toward a General Theory of Action

"This new edition introduces the social science audiences of a new century to one of the classic highlights of the mid-twentieth century.

Author: Robert Carkhuff

Publisher:

ISBN: 1351301527

Category: Electronic books

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"This new edition introduces the social science audiences of a new century to one of the classic highlights of the mid-twentieth century. This is the most general statement of the general theory of action as it was developed by its principle exponent, Talcott Parsons, and his close collaborators who formed the core of the fabled department of social relations at Harvard University. Toward a General Theory of Action is an extremely ambitious formulation of the ingredients, dimensions, and ranges that determine human behavior.Parsons and Shils enunciate principles that are at the core of contemporary social science preoccupations-including the precarious balance between social integration and conflict. The volume is at once universal in intent and highly personal, an expression of Parsons' thought, one of the most notable sociological theorists of the century. Finally, the book symbolizes the interdisciplinary impulse that typified a widespread belief in the unity of the sciences. This edition includes the collaborative group's introductory statement, Richard Sheldon's essay on the theoretical and philosophical status of the general theory of action, and "Values, Motives and Systems of Action" by Parsons and Shils.Guy Swanson, writing in the The American Sociological Review, noted that "Parsons and Shils have performed a major service in clearing away many old controversies, in showing the reasonableness of a behavioral foundation for general theory in social science as a whole and in sociology in particular, in clarifying the interrelations among many concepts, and in the insightful interpretation of particular pieces of data." It is testimony to this book's continuing significance that it continues to generate new lines of research and writings."--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Electronic books

Introduction to Computational Social Science

Introduction to Computational Social Science

These broader theories are universal in the sense of being applicable to explaining origin, development, and decay of social complexity in all organizational forms. 7.5.1 Theory of Collective Action The Theory of Collective Action was ...

Author: Claudio Cioffi-Revilla

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319501314

Category: Computers

Page: 607

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This textbook provides a comprehensive and reader-friendly introduction to the field of computational social science (CSS). Presenting a unified treatment, the text examines in detail the four key methodological approaches of automated social information extraction, social network analysis, social complexity theory, and social simulation modeling. This updated new edition has been enhanced with numerous review questions and exercises to test what has been learned, deepen understanding through problem-solving, and to practice writing code to implement ideas. Topics and features: contains more than a thousand questions and exercises, together with a list of acronyms and a glossary; examines the similarities and differences between computers and social systems; presents a focus on automated information extraction; discusses the measurement, scientific laws, and generative theories of social complexity in CSS; reviews the methodology of social simulations, covering both variable- and object-oriented models.
Categories: Computers

The Theory of Social Action

The Theory of Social Action

Author: Alfred Schutz

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106000799400

Category: Sciences sociales - Méthodologie

Page: 145

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Categories: Sciences sociales - Méthodologie

Theories of Social Change

Theories of Social Change

Therefore, he thought that social science must consider ends, purposes and ideals when looking at actions. Parsons placed his discussion within a higher epistemological and explanatory context of system theory and cybernetics.

Author: Dr. Henna Tabassum

Publisher: K.K. Publications

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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The primary stimulant to social change is exposure to the situation. As individuals grow and understand the situation that requires change, they grow more willing to accept that the situation requires change. For instance, in the mid 20th century, access to television and an increased media focus on the civil rights movement, as well as an increased access to the writings and speeches of civil rights leaders, shifted the public perspective towards a positive impression of the civil rights movement. This shift in perception helped stimulate change. Technology increases public exposure to the needs of others. Television and the Internet provide an around-the-clock perspective on social needs and provide material to individuals interested in learning about the social needs of others. As an example, increased media attention of women’s issues in the Middle East has increased the general public awareness of those issues. Anyone can read and study these issues and add to the social pressures working to make positive changes in Middle Eastern women’s rights by adding her voice to the movement. Technology removed the foreign veil that hid these atrocities for generations. Education provides an awareness of the historic nature of social change, a map of historical successes for social change and establishes a context for understanding those issues. The book is expected to be useful for the students of sociology and others who are interested in the studies of social change. Contents: • Introduction • Modern Theories • Structural Functionalism and Unilineal Descent • Feminist Theory • Identity Politics • World-systems Theory • Organizational Socialization • Durkheim’s Problem and Differentiation Theory Today • Neofunctionalism • Social Class and Class Structure • Social Alienation • Marx and Class Conflict • Research and Methods
Categories: Social Science

On the Logic of the Social Sciences

On the Logic of the Social Sciences

In this wide-ranging work, now available in paperback, Habermas presents his views on the nature of the social sciences and their distinctive methodology and concerns.

Author: Jürgen Habermas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745694139

Category: Philosophy

Page: 236

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In this wide-ranging work, now available in paperback, Habermas presents his views on the nature of the social sciences and their distinctive methodology and concerns. He examines, among other things, the traditional division between the natural sciences and the social sciences; the characteristics of social action and the implications of theories of language for social enquiry; and the nature, tasks and limitations of hermeneutics. Habermas' analysis of these and other themes is, as always, rigorous, perceptive and constructive. This brilliant study succeeds in highlighting the distinctive characteristics of the social sciences and in outlining the nature of, and prospects for, critical theory today.
Categories: Philosophy

Action Theory

Action Theory

A Primer for Applied Research in the Social Sciences Ladislav Valach, Richard Anthony Young, M. Judith Lynam. Svensson , H. O. , & Andersson , G. B. ( 1989 ) . The relationship of low - back pain , work history , work environment ...

Author: Ladislav Valach

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275970868

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Presents a theory of goal directed action, helping us see our everyday behavior in a systematic manner relevant to our lives.
Categories: Social Science

Critical Race Theory Perspectives on the Social Studies

Critical Race Theory Perspectives on the Social Studies

Social Studies and the Young Learner, pp. 22–26. Tyson, C (2002). Get up off that thing: African American middle school students respond to literature to develop a framework for understanding social action. Theory in Social Studies ...

Author: Gloria Ladson-Billings

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781607525103

Category: Social Science

Page: 301

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Categories: Social Science