by Rebecca Elliott
Knowledge Evolution and Societal Transformations: Action Theory to Solve Adaptive Problems.
By Jerald Hage
Foreword by Michael Quinn Patton
Action theory provides career possibilities for sociologists and examples provide ways of reducing educational, income, and political inequality. While it doesn't specifically deal with the virus crisis or policing, the model provides solutions to both of these problems.
The book integrates sociological theory with economic and political science theory, representing 60 years of Hage's work. The theory is grounded with comparative research in the United States and in Western Europe over 100 years. This book updates Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, making them more relevant to contemporary problems. For example, Chapter two explains why there are Trump voters.
Each chapter can be purchased separately and represent whole courses in sociology.
Chapter One: Courses on sociological theory, social change and the evolution of societies.
Chapter Two: Courses in social psychology.
Chapter Three: Courses in organizational innovation.
Chapter Four: Courses in regional sociology and for urban departments.
Chapter Five: Courses in social stratification.
Chapter Six: Courses in organizational sociology and for the theory of organizations in business schools.
Chapter Seven: Courses on networks and for schools of social work.
Chapter Eight: Courses in sociology of education and for some courses in schools of education because there are recommendations for pre-school, primary, and secondary.
Chapter Nine: Courses in economic sociology and for some courses in departments of economics.
Chapter Ten: Courses in political sociology and for some course in departments of political science.
Chapter in Book
"Habit Is Thus the Enormous Flywheel of Society”: Pragmatism, Social Theory, and Cognitive Science.
Turner, Stephen. 2020. “Habit Is Thus the Enormous Flywheel of Society”: Pragmatism. Social Theory, and Cognitive Science. In Italo Testa and Fausto Caruana (eds.). Habit: Pragmatist Approaches from Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroscience, and Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 320-336.
Brossard, Baptiste, and Natalia Ruiz-Junco. 2020.
“On the Shoulders of Citers: Notes on the
Organization of Intellectual Deference.” The
Sociological Quarterly 61:567-587.
Erikson, Emily. 2020. “State-Merchant Relations
and Economic Thought: The Dutch Republic
and England, 1580 to 1720” Socio-Economic
Review. 03 December 2020.
Emily Erikson. 2020. “A Networked Public: Formal
and Relational Approaches to the Public
Sphere” Kybernetes. 18 November 2020.
Hallett, Tim, and Amelia Hawbaker. 2020. "The
Case for an Inhabited Institutionalism in
Organizational Research: Interaction, Coupling,
and Change Reconsidered." Theory and
Pula, Besnik. 2020. "Disembedded Politics:
Neoliberal Reform and Labour Market
Institutions in Central and Eastern
Europe." Government and Opposition
Pula, Besnik. 2020. "From Habitus to Pragma: A
Phenomenological Critique of Bourdieu’s
Habitus." Journal for the Theory of Social
Singh, Sourabh. 2020 "To rely or not to rely on
common sense? Introducing critical Realism's
insights to social network analysis." Journal for
the Theory of Social Behavior, 50(2): 203-222.
Singh, Sourabh. "Rethinking Political Elites' Mass
Linkage Strategies: Lessons from the Study of
Indira Gandhi's Political Habitus." Journal of
Historical Sociology (2020).
Helmut Staubmann: C. Wright Mills’ The
Sociological Imagination and the Construction
of Talcott Parsons as a Conservative Grand
Theorist. In: The American Sociologist Vol. 52
(1) (Special Issue on Talcott Parsons and Politics,
guest editors: Victor Lidz and Helmut
Staubmann), online first published October 10,
2020. Open access
Weng, Jeffrey. 2020. “Uneasy Companions:
Language and Human Collectivities in the
Remaking of Chinese Society in the Early
Twentieth Century." Theory & Society 49(1):75–
Yang, Yuchen. 2020. "What’s Hegemonic about
Hegemonic Masculinity? Legitimation and
Beyond.” Sociological Theory 38(4): 318-333.
Zhang, Yueran. 2020. "Political Competition and
Two Modes of Taxing Private Homeownership: A
Bourdieusian Analysis of the Contemporary
Chinese State.” Theory and Society 49(4): 669-