Social Theory and Social Structure

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Simon and Schuster, 1968 - Social Science - 702 pages
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This new printing is not a newly revised edition, only an enlarged one. The revised edition of 1957 remains intact except that its short introduction has been greatly expanded to appear here as Chapters I and II. The only other changes are technical and minor ones: the correction of typographical errors and amended indexes of subjects and names.
  

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The flaw with the "new" social view is that it is based on socialist beliefs; I.e. That the general public has not the intelligence nor the ability to determine and assign difference. Rather, the individuals follow the crowd in mindlessly magnitude if not given direction and purpose from the "educated" minority. The flaw is that removal of personal responsibility creates anarchy and disrupts an orderly society comprised of many individuals sharing in the daily events that comprise life.
There was a question presented by a news spokeswoman after a elementary school stabbing, how could this have occurred? What motivated the child? First: the plethora of rewards for violence in video gaming, second the removal of personal obligation and transference of fault; there is reward to be the most violent inflicting the greatest magnitude of destruction, death or pain in video gaming. There is no morality, no actual punishment or detergent, or persuasion(s) to be anything less than animalistic. Review the results of Dr. Philip Zimbardo's prison study performed at Stanford University to best understand the personal perception as primary motivation for the most morally structured individual(s). "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." amen.
 

Contents

On the History and Systematics
1
On Sociological Theories of the Middle Range
39
Manifest and Latent Functions
73
IDEOLOGY AND THE FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS
96
A Paradigm for Functional Analysis in Sociology
104
Manifest and Latent Functions
114
Concluding Remarks
136
The Bearing of Sociological Theory
139
STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS
390
Structural context of reference group
422
CONSEQUENCES OF REFERENCE GROUP BEHAVIOR
438
Cosmopolitan Influential
441
THE SELFFULFILLING PROPHECY
475
Introduction
493
The Sociology of Knowledge
510
Knowledge
543

The Bearing of Empirical Research
156
Introduction
175
Social Structure and Anomie
185
Continuities in the Theory of Social
215
Bureaucratic Structure and Personality
249
Role of the Intellectual in Public Bureaucracy
261
Group Behavior with alice s rossi
279
Reference Group Theory
304
Continuities in the Theory of Reference
335
and social categories
353
membership groups
362
STUDIES IN RADIO AND FILM PROPAGANDA
563
Introduction
585
Science and the Social Order
591
SCIENCE AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL
604
THE MACHINE THE WORKER
616
The Needs of Social Research
624
SCIENCE AND ECONOMY
661
Bibliographical Note
683
Subject Index
693
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Robert K. Merton is University Pro-fessor at Columbia.

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