James S. Coleman

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Dr Jon Clark, Jon Clark
Routledge, Aug 10, 2005 - Education - 456 pages
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James S. Coleman was one of a distinguished generation of sociology students who passed through the Columbia Sociology Department in the 1940s and `50s. This book critically debates his work and his contribution to society and the social sciences more generally. It consists of 18 major papers by 20 authors from six countries on a range of themes. The volume is framed by an extended editorial introduction reflecting on the five- year exchange of correspondence between James Coleman and the editor, together with two of Coleman's own works.
 

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Contents

Reflections on Schools and Adolescents
17
A Historical and Cultural Perspective
23
Colemans Contributions to Understanding Youth and Adolescence
33
Private Schooling
47
Socioeconomic
63
Theory Research Styles
81
The Sociological Contribution to Social Policy Research
103
The Political Context of Social Policy Research
119
The Violation of Normative Rules and the Issue of Rationality
227
Foundational Problems in Theoretical Sociology
263
James Colemans Normative
285
Two Versions of Rational
299
On the Contribution of James S Coleman
313
Can Rational Action Theory Unify Future Social Science?
329
A Vision for Sociology
343
Transcripts of Drafts for a Concluding Chapter by James
357

Educational Innovation
133
Methodological Individualism and Collective Behaviour
147
Mobility Measurement Revisited
161
A Study of Entry and Exit
175
Educational Opportunities and School Effects
207
Curriculum Vitae and Publications of James S Coleman
381
Bibliography
399
List of Contributors
427
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