HS 804: Advanced Theory of Society

HS 804: Advanced Theory of Society

Scope and problems of sociological analysis; sociological theory and empirical research. History of developments in sociological theory with special emphasis on the contributions of Comte, Marx, V. Pareto, George Simmel, F. Tonnies, Max Weber and Durkheim; Major schools of sociological theory; Positivistic organism; Conflict theory; Social action theory; Social system; Middle range theories of social processes, social structure, social stratification, social change, ethnic group, reference group behaviour.

Texts/References:

John Rex, Key Problems of Sociological Theory, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1961.

Jon Martindale, The Nature and Types of Sociological Theory, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1961.

F. Tonnies, Community and Association: Gemeinschaft and Gessellschaft, Translated and Supplemented by Charles P. Loomis, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1955.

R.K. Merton, Social Theory and Social Structure, Indian Edition, Original, 1968.

T. Parsons, Shils, et.al. Theories of Society, Vol.I & II. The Free Press, Glencoe, 1961.