Comparative Methods in the Social Sciences:
Even after teaching generations of social scientists, this classic book by Berkeley’s Neil J. Smelser remains the most definitive statement of methodological issues for all comparative scholars and in political science, anthropology, sociology, economics and psychology. Such issues are timeless and therefore Smelser’s lucid analysis remains timely and relevant.
Smelser posits a methodological continuity between the comparative studies of past masters and the more recent flow of contemporary comparative work. To that end, he takes a pragmatic, critical look at the classic studies of Alexis de Tocqueville, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. His analyses respect the historical specifics and contexts of their work, but at the same time raise general issues such as cross-unit comparability, empirical representation of theoretical concepts and measures, and historical causality. The book also deals with the ongoing flows of comparative study in the social sciences, which, while methodologically more self-conscious than past work, nevertheless face a common set of issues, including causation and classification.
The book’s unique clarity makes it particularly useful for working scholars as well as students fighting their way through the methodological thickets of comparative studies.
This book is one of the most well-known and frequently referenced studies of methodology and historical applications in the social sciences, and how the approaches vary by disciplines. It is written by the internationally recognized expert on the intersection of sociology with economics, psychology, and political science. An enduring resource, it is presented now as part of the Classics of the Social Sciences Series from Quid Pro Books. The high-quality eBook edition offers active Contents and linked notes, proper digital formatting for ereader devices and apps, and all the figures and charts of the print edition. The new paperback, as well, is an unabridged republication of the original work.
ISBN 978-1-61027-170-7 (pbk.); ISBN 978-1-61027-177-6 (eBook)
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Essays in Sociological Explanation:
A much-referenced collection of writings on issues of sociological theory and practice by one of the leading social scientists of the late twentieth century, this book is now republished in the Classics of the Social Sciences Series from Quid Pro Books. Its quality ebook formatting includes active TOC, lined chapter endnotes, legible graphs and images from the original, and proper digital presentation, and the new paperback, too, is an unabridged reproduction of the original.
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The Sociology of Economic Life, Second Edition:
Quality ebook reprint of a classic work in the social sciences, written by one of the leading scholars on the intersection of two important disciplines: economics and sociology. This is an unabridged republication of the second edition of this much-cited study. Presented with care, the ebook edition features such proper digital formatting as: active TOC, linked endnotes, fully-linked subject and names indices, and all the original graphs and tables. Neil Smelser’s recognized study is now part of the Classics of the Social Sciences Series from Quid Pro Books.
The Sociology of Economic Life:
ISBN 978-1-61027-179-0 (eBook)
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These three books were formerly published by Prentice-Hall (now Pearson Education) and are now available in accessible, downloadable formats. They are authorized and unabridged republications of the original works, now easily obtained and assigned to classes or recommended for supplementary reading.
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