"Constructing Social Theories" presents to the reader a range of strategies for constructing theories, and in a clear, rigorous, and imaginative manner, illustrates how they can be applied. Arthur L. Stinchcombe argues that theories should not be invented in the abstract or applied "a priori" to a problem but should be dictated by the nature of the data to be explained. This work was awarded the Sorokin prize by the American Sociological Association as the book that made an outstanding contribution to the progress of sociology in 1970."
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Author Biography - Arthur L. Stinchcombe
Arthur L. Stinchcombe is professor of sociology, political science, and organization behavior at Northwestern University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Theoretical Methods in Social History; Economic Sociology"; and "Stratification and Organization."