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The Orifice as Sacrificial Site: Culture, Organization and the Body

The Orifice as Sacrificial Site: Culture, Organization and the Body

James Aho
September 30, 2002

The Orifice as Sacrificial Site bases its argument on expert histories and primary documents of selected religions. Although based on textual analysis and documentary evidence this is essentially a social study. The goal of Aho's study is to discover explanatory principles of orifice management,...

Beyond Sociology's Tower of Babel: Reconstructing the Scientific Method

Beyond Sociology's Tower of Babel: Reconstructing the Scientific Method

Bernard Phillips
January 31, 2002

To look outside the discipline of sociology is to find little credibility given to the field as science. Bernard Phillips argues that we are learning to see ever more clearly the contradiction between scientific standards and what in fact has been achieved by sociology. Instead of knowledge based...

The Faultline of Consciousness: A View of Interactionism in Sociology

The Faultline of Consciousness: A View of Interactionism in Sociology

David Maines
July 31, 2001

In this compendium of related and cross-referential essays, David R. Maines draws from pragmatist/symbolic interactionist assumptions to formulate a consistent new view of the entire field of sociology. Suitable for courses in social theory, qualitative methods, social psychology, and narrative...

The Eclipse of Morality: Science, State, and Market

The Eclipse of Morality: Science, State, and Market

Lawrence Busch
March 31, 2000

Using the works of Bacon, Hobbes, and Adam Smith as well as historical examples drawn from the last two centuries, Busch shows how the ideas initially proposed by these thinkers became reified as scientism, statism, and marketism - systems of belief that a single mode of ordering could solve the...

The Paradox of Social Order: Linking Psychology and Sociology

The Paradox of Social Order: Linking Psychology and Sociology

Pierre Moessinger
December 31, 1999

This volume focuses on strengthening the foundations of the social sciences with hypotheses that challenge commonly held rational choice theories drawn from economics. In contrast to the rational choice theories of Becker, Hayek, Popper, and others, Moessinger argues that the stability of social...

Moral Order and Social Disorder: American Search for Civil Society

Moral Order and Social Disorder: American Search for Civil Society

Frank Hearn
December 31, 1997

Drawing upon both classical insights and more recent writings, Hearn provides a compelling account of social breakdown in the United States. The book examines the conditions most responsible for the deterioration of social institutions, notably the family, and of communitarian interdependencies,...

Social Movements and Cultural Change: The First Abolition Campaign Revisited

Social Movements and Cultural Change: The First Abolition Campaign Revisited

Leo D'Anjou
December 31, 1996

As a result of the efforts of the Abolition Committee in Great Britain in the half-decade between 1787 and 1792, slavery and the slave trade-previously accepted as necessary evils-were perceived as gross injustices and evils to be eradicated. This volume examines that first abolition movement in...

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