A Treatise on Social Theory
Substantive Social Theory v.2
By (author) Walter Garrison Runciman
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Treatise on Social Theory by Walter Garrison Runciman
Book DescriptionThis second of three volumes sets out a general account of the structure and evolution of human societies. The author argues first that societies are to be defined as sets of roles whose incumbents are competitors for access to, or control of, the means of production, persuasion and coercion; and second, that the process by which societies evolve is one of competitive selection of the practices by which roles are defined analagous, but not reducible, to natural selection. He illustrates and tests these theses with evidence drawn from the whole range of societies documented in the historical and ethnographic record. The result is an original, powerful and far-reaching reformulation of evolutionary sociological theory which will make it possible to do for the classification and analysis of societies what Darwin and his successors have done for the classification and analysis of species.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521369831
(228mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Feb-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Walter Garrison Runciman
Very Different, but Much the Same, Hardback (November 2014)
A multi-disciplinary look at English society over three centuries, arguing that although much about society has changed - technology, lifestyles, amenities, beliefs, attitudes, norms, and values - the distribution of political, ideological, and economic power between society's constituent roles has stayed the same.
Sociology In Its Place, Paperback (June 2010)
This book examines how sociology belongs with history and anthropology.
Great Books, Bad Arguments, Hardback (February 2010)
Plato's "Republic", Hobbes' "Leviathan", and Marx's "Communist Manifesto" are universally acknowledged classics of Western political thought. But how strong are the core arguments on which they base their visions of the good society that they want to bring into being? This book shows where and why they fail.
Theory of Cultural and Social Selection, Paperback (November 2009)» View all books by Walter Garrison Runciman
A succinct and highly imaginative contribution to one of the great intellectual debates of our times.
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