Human Institutions: A Theory of Societal Evolution

Human Institutions: A Theory of Societal Evolution

By: Jonathan H. Turner (author)Paperback

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In recent years 'the New Institutionalism' has focused more on organizations in their social and cultural environments than on societal-level institutional systems. Thus, missing from these studies has been a larger sociological analysis of institutions, per se. In his newest book, leading social theorist Jonathan H. Turner offers a creative, richly grounded reinterpretation of social evolution. He ressurrects a level of analysis undertaken by earlier functionalist theorists, but with a new-found emphasis-that of discovering the larger forces driving the formation of human institutional systems. Only by exploring the larger macro-dynamics can the institutions of economy, kinship, religion, polity, law, and education be fully understood, as Turner persuasively shows in this magesterial explication of twenty millenia of human social life.

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Jonathan H. Turner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at University of California, Riverside. Among his many influential books is the recently published Face to Face: Toward a Sociological Theory of Interpersonal Behavior (2002).


Chapter 1: Institutional Analysis Chapter 2: A Theory of Macrodynamic Forces Chapter 3: The Institutional Core Chapter 4: Institutional Systems of Hunter-Gatherer Populations Chapter 5: Institutional Systems of Horticultural Populations Chapter 6: Institutional Systems of Agrarian Populations Chapter 7: Institutional Systems of Industrial and Post-Industrial Populations Chapter 8: Fundamental Interchanges Among Institutions Chapter 9 Conclusion

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  • publication date: 25/03/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780742525597
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780742525597
  • weight: 485
  • ISBN10: 0742525597

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