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Constructing Social Theories

Constructing Social Theories
Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe
ISBN 13: 9780226774848
ISBN 10: 226774848
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1987-07-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $30.00

Constructing Social Theories presents to the reader a range of strategies for constructing theories, and in a clear, rigorous, and imaginative manner, illustrates how they can be applied. Arthur L. Stinchcombe argues that theories should not be invented in the abstract—or applied a priori to a problem—but should be dictated by the nature of the data to be explained. This work was awarded the Sorokin prize by the American Sociological Association as the book that made an outstanding contribution to the progress of sociology in 1970.