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Robert K. Merton is unarguably one of the most influential sociologists of his time. A figure whose wide-ranging theoretical and methodological contributions have become fundamental to the field, Merton is best known for introducing such concepts and procedures as unanticipated consequences, self-fulfilling prophecies, focused group interviews, middle-range theory, opportunity structure, and analytic paradigms.

This definitive compilation encompasses the breadth and brilliance of his works, from the earliest to the most recent. Merton's foundational writings on social structure and process, on the sociology of science and knowledge, and on the discipline and trajectory of sociology itself are all powerfully represented, as are his autobiographical insights in a fascinating coda. Anchored by Piotr Sztompka's contextualizing introduction, Merton's vast oeuvre emerges as a dynamic and profoundly coherent system of thought, a constant source of vitality and renewal for present and future sociology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1: The Uses and Abuses of Classical Theory

2: Theoretical Pluralism

3: On Sociological Theories of the Middle Range

4: Specified Ignorance

5: Paradigms: The Codification of Sociological Theory

6: Paradigm for Functional Analysis in Sociology

7: Manifest and Latent Functions

8: Social Dysfunctions

9: Paradigm for Structural Analysis in Sociology

10: The Role-Set

11: Sociological Ambivalence

12: Social Structure and Anomie

13: Opportunity Structure

14: Socially Expected Durations

15: The Unanticipated Consequences of Social Action

16: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

17: Paradigm for the Sociology of Knowledge

18: The Rise of Modern Science

19: Insiders and Outsiders

20: The Ethos of Science

21: Science and the Social Order

22: The Reward System of Science

23: Multiple Discoveries in Science

24: The Matthew Effect, II

Coda: A Life of Learning

Publications by and about Robert K. Merton: A Select Bibliography

Name Index

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226520711
Editor:
Sztompka, Piotr
Author:
Sztompka, Piotr
Author:
Merton, Robert King
Author:
Merton, Robert K.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Social structure
Subject:
Science -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Sociology -- Philosophy.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Heritage of Sociology Series
Series Volume:
v. 3
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
394
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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