On Sociology: Numbers, Narratives, and the Integration of Research and Theory

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On Sociology brings together a collection of essays all written in the last ten years by one of the best-known and influential British sociologist, John H. Goldthorpe. The essays are concerned with the intellectual discovery of contemporary sociology. The collection begins with essays criticalof various current tendencies in sociology and moves on to essays that outline a programme for a new sociological mainstream. This would combine the established strengths of quantitative sociology with recent developments in the theory of social action, especially rational action theory. Essaysillustrative of this style of sociology then follow dealing with substantive topics in the field of social stratification. The final essay takes up some of the relevant issues in the history of sociology.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Reflections on Some Recent Tendencies
28
3 Current Issues in Comparative Macrosociology
45
Problems and Possibilities
65
For a Sociological Alliance
94
6 Rational Action Theory for Sociology
115
7 Causation Statistics and Sociology
137
The Case of Persisting Differentials in Educational Attainment
161
Towards a Formal Rational Action Theory with Richard Breen
182
10 Social Class and the Differentiation of Employment Contracts
206
11 Outline of a Theory of Social Mobility
230
Explaining an Absent Synthesis
259
References
295
Name Index
327
Subject Index
333
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John H. Goldthorpe is at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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