Theoretical Sociology: The Future of a Disciplinary Foundation

I Theoretical SociologySociological Theory Must Continue to Become More InterdisciplinaryKevin McCaffree on Interdisciplinary TheorizingEvolution as a Key to Process Sociology: Relational Sociology According to HistoryTaking Up an Evolutionary Approach to Relational SociologyEvolutionary Sociology Critiques and the Relational AntidoteFrequent Problems With Relational Approaches and Their Evolutionary AntidotesBuilding an Ecological Heuristic to Think About Relations and EvolutionThe Model of Spiraling EvolutionSpiraling EvolutionPulsing NetworksConclusionErika Summers-Effler’s Comments on Evolutionary AnalysisBeware of Fads and Fashions: A Case for Macro-Evolutionary SociologySeth Abrutyn on Macro TheorizingJonathan Turner’s Macro-Micro-Meso TheoryWhy Did the Micro/Macro Question Arise?Ontological Battles or Pragmatic Theory- Building?Jonathan Turner’s Meso-Link Between Macro and MicroPrinciples of Categoric-Unit Dynamics (or Identity Politics)The Ingredients of Micro-InteractionsGroup DynamicsSumming Up: What Has Been Accomplished in Theory-Building?Randall Collins on Micro-Meso-Macro TheorizingII Foundational Areas of InquiryTheorizing Nested Group TiesLawler, Thye, and Yoon on Theorizing Nested Group TiesSocial Exchange Theory: Current Status and Future DirectionsSociological Theories of ExchangeMore on Power Relations, Exchange Networks, and EmbeddednessCollective Action and Social Dilemmas in Social ExchangeAffect, Emotions, and ExchangeRelational Cohesion and Social SolidarityPromising Theoretical ExtensionsAddressing the Complexity of Actors (Identities, Values, and Motives)Dealing With More Complex Network DynamicsLinking Micro-Social Order and Macro-Level OutcomesIn ConclusionKaren S. Cook and Michael Hahn on Exchange TheoryInequality and JusticeGuillermina Jasso on Inequality and JusticeThe Microsociology of Self and IdentityPeter J. Burke and Jan E. Stets on Self and IdentityHumanizing Sociological Theory: A 21st-Century Solution to a 20th-Century Problem Yet to Be SolvedIntroducing the Brain to Brains That Produce Sociological TheoryThe Distant Past Also MattersWhy the Vulcan Spook Is the Wrong Holotype for Sociological Inquiry1Humanizing Sociological Theory With a New Science of Human NatureBringing an Evolved Actor Into Contemporary SociologyConclusionRichard Machalek on Bringing Biology Back Into SociologyIII The Social Processes of Knowledge ProductionReflections on Turner and Theory DevelopmentMy General Impressions About Turner’s TeachingMy General Impressions About Turner’s ResearchMy Individual Research Agenda/How Turner Influences My Work TodayMy Unique Personal Experiences With TurnerTheoretical Sociology of Jonathan TurnerTurner’s Teaching - A Glimpse into His method of Theory ConstructionOn Turner’s Approach to Theory Construction - the case of macrodynamicsTurner’s Influences on Research AgendasExperiences Working With TurnerGeneral Impressions About Turner’s Teaching, Research, and InfluenceGeneral Impressions About Turner’s ResearchIndividual Research Agendas and How Turner Influences Daily WorkUnique Experiences With TurnerIV ReflectionsOn Jonathan Turner: A Brief Personal BiographyTheoretical Principles of SociologyOn Becoming and Being a General Theorist in Sociology: A Most Improbable Journey
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