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Methods of Interpretive Sociology

Four Volume Set
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September 2010 | 1 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Should cultural meaning be understood in terms of psychological motivations and intentions, or in terms of collective codes and belief systems? Max Weber saw the task of the interpretive sociologist as that of reconstructing the objective and subjective rationality of ideal typical actors. Neo-Kantians, phenomenologists, critical interpretivists, pragmatists, symbolic interactionists, ethnomethodologists, cultural anthropologists and others have struggled for over a century over what such an approach entails. The development of an interpretive or verstehen approach to understanding social life draws itself in distinction from approaches that seek causal explanation in terms of variables external to the beliefs of social actors, but this collection attempts to disrupt the comfortable polarities between macro and micro, structure and agency, explanation and description that dog sociology and through which the term interpretive has been quarantined.
 
VOLUME 1
 
SECTION ONE: THE CLASSICAL STATEMENTS AND AUTHORS
The Rise of Hermeneutics

Wilhelm Dilthey and Frederic Jameson
Translator's Introduction to Max Weber's Essay on Some Categories of Interpretive Sociology

Edith Graber
Some Categories of Interpretive Sociology

Max Weber
"Anticritical Last Word on The Spirit of Capitalism," by Max Weber

Wallace Davis
"Capitalism" in Recent German Literature: Sombart and Weber

Talcott Parsons
"Capitalism" in Recent German Literature: Sombart and Weber (concluded)

Talcott Parsons
The Role of Ideas in Social Action

Talcott Parsons
The Problem of Sociology

Georg Simmel
The Sociology of Sociability

Georg Simmel and Everett C. Hughes
The Verstehen Thesis and the Foundations of Max Weber's Methodology, History and Theory

Guy Oakes
Rickert's Value Theory and the Foundations of Max Weber's Methodology

Guy Oakes
 
SECTION TWO: THE INTERPRETERS AND CHALLENGERS OF THE CLASSIC INTERPRETIVIST IDEA OF VERSTEHEN
The Operation Called Vershehen

Theodore Abel
On the Method of Verstehen as the Sole Method of Philosophy

Ernest Nagel
Empirical Science and Max Weber's Verstehende Soziologie

Peter Munch
Max Weber's" Verstehen"

William T. Tucker
Verstehen I and Verstehen II, Theory and Decision

Theodore Abel
"Sense" and "Intention" in Max Weber's Theory of Social Action

Peter Munch
Weber on Action

Stephen P. Turner
Max Weber's 'Interpretive Sociology': A comparison of conception and practice

Mary Fulbrook
Value-Relevance, Scientific Laws, and Ideal Types: The sociological methodology of Max Weber

John Rex
Max Weber on Causal Analysis, Interpretation, and Comparison

Fritz Ringer
Max Weber's Interpretive Sociology, the Understanding of Actions and Motives, and a Weberian View of Man

Thomas Burger
Max Weber, Interpretive Sociology, and the Sense of Historical Science: A Positivistic Conception of Verstehen

Thomas Burder
Causality or Interaction? Simmel, Weber and Interpretive Sociology

K Lichtblau
Weber's Interpretive Sociology and Rational Choice Approach

Zenonas Norkus
Weber's Verstehen and the History of Qualitative Research: The missing link

Jennifer Platt
Weber and Interpretive Sociology in America

Peter Kivisto and William H. Swatos Jr
 
VOLUME 2
 
SECTION THREE: THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL CRITICS
The Stranger: An Essay in Social Psychology

Alfred Schutz
Common-sense and Scientific Interpretation of Human Action

Alfred Schutz Schutz
Choosing Among Projects of Action

Alfred Schutz
Concept and Theory Formation in the Social Sciences

Alfred Schutz
On Phenomenological Sociology

James L. Heap and Phillip A. Roth
Can There Be a Phenomenological Sociology?

Edo Pivcevic
Alfred Schutz and the Austrian School of Economics

Christopher Prendergast
The Rationality of Everyday Behaviour: A rational choice reconstruction of the theory of action by Alfred Schutz

Hartmut Esser
Rationality, Optimality and Choice: Esser's reconstruction of Alfred Schutz's theory of action

Christopher Prendergast
Spontaneous Social Order: Econmics and Sch tzian sociology

Nicolai Juul Foss
Alfred Schutz on a Theory of Motivation

Andrew J. Weigert
From Weber to Parsons and Schutz: The eclipse of history in modern social theory

David Zaret
Existential Phenomenology and the Sociological Tradition

Edward Tiryakian
Jiri Kolaja and Peter Berger Respond to Edward Tiryakian and he Responds Back

Jiri Kolaja and Peter Berger
 
SECTION FOUR: THE CRITICAL PHENOMENOLOGISTS
The Relation between Psychology and Sociology in the Work of Wilhelm Dilthey

Max Horkheimer
Existentialism: Remarks on Jean-Paul Sartre's L'Etre et le Neant

Herbert Marcuse
Towards a Reconstruction of Historical Materialism

Jurgen Habermas
Some Distinctions in Universal Pragmatics

Jurgen Habermas
The A Priori of Communication and the Foundation of the Humanities

Karlo Otto Apel
Dilthey's Distinction Between "Explanation" and "Understanding" and the Possibility of Its "Mediation"

Karl Otto Apel
The Hermeneutic Dimension of Social Science and its Normative Foundation

Karl Otto Apel
New Developments in Phenomenology in France: The phenomenology of language

Paul Ricoeur
Towards Actionist Sociology, Social Science Information

Alain Touraine
The Voice and the Eye: On the relationship between actors and analysts

Alain Touraine
Rationality in the Slum: An essay on interpretive sociology

Alejandro Portes
Meeting or Mis-Meeting? The Dialogical Challenge to Verstehen

Rob Shields
 
VOLUME 3
 
SECTION FIVE: SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM
The Mechanism of Social Consciousness

George Herbert Mead
The Social Self

George Herbert Mead
Social Consciousness

Charles Horton Cooley
The Roots of Social Knowledge

Charles Horton Cooley
Science without Concepts

Herbert Blumer
Attitudes and the Social Act

Herbert Blumer
Sociological Analysis and the "Variable"

Herbert Blumer
Sociological Implications of the Thought of George Herbert Mead

Herbert Blumer
Becoming a Marihuana User

Howard Becker
Whose Side Are We On

Howard Becker
Symbols of Class Status

Erving Goffman
The Moral Career of the Mental Patient, Psychiatry: Journal for the Study of Interpersonal Processes

Erving Goffman
Major Trends in Symbolic Interaction Theory in the Last Twenty Five Years

Manfred Kuhn
 
SECTION SIX: ETHNOMETHODOLOGY
Conditions of Successful Degradation Ceremonies

Harold Garfinkel
Studies of the Routine Grounds of Everyday Activities

Harold Garfinkel
Evidence for Locally Produced, Naturally Accountable Phenomena of Order, Logic, Reason, Meaning, Method, etc

Harold Garfinkel
Ethnomethodology's Program

Harold Garfinkel
A Note on the Uses of Official Statistics

Aaron Cicourel and John Kitsuse
The Role of Cognitive-Linguistic Concepts in Understanding Everyday Social Interactions

Aaron Cicourel
Text and Discourse

Aaron Cicourel
The Interpenetration of Communicative Contexts: Examples from medical encounters

Aaron Cicourel
John Rawls on Two Concepts of Rules

Aaron Cicourel
Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnomethodology: A proposed synthesis

Norman Denzin
Verstehen, Language and Warrants

James L. Heap
Writing as Social Action, Theory into Practice

James L. Heap
Practical Reason in Depression: a Practice

James L. Heap
 
VOLUME 4
 
SECTION SEVEN: CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS
"From the Native's Point of View": On the nature of anthropological understanding

Clifford Geertz
Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese cockfight

Clifford Geertz
Common Sense as a Cultural System

Clifford Geertz
The Way We Think Now: Toward an ethnography of modern thought

Clifford Geertz
Understanding a Primitive Society

Peter Winch
Social Science

Peter Winch
Rhetoric and the Ethnographic Genre in Anthropological Research

George Marcus
Ethnographies as Texts

George Marcus and Dick Cushman
On Ethnographic Authority

James Clifford
Cultural Systems, and History: From Synchrony to Transformation

William H. Sewell
 
SECTION EIGHT: CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATIONS, EXTENSIONS, FUSIONS AND APPLICATIONS
On Interpreting and Interpretation

N. Denzin
Sociological Knowledge: Winch, Marxism, and Verstehen Revisited

Kai Nielsen
Interpretivism and Generalisation

Malcolm Williams

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Matthew David

Matthew David is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Science at Durham University, and has undertaken research in the areas of new social movements, online data-services in higher education, online training in rural areas and forms of free online music sharing. He is author of Science in Society (Palgrave 2005) and Peer to Peer and the Music Industry (SAGE 2010), and co-author of Social Research (SAGE, latest edition 2011). More About Author

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