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This text contributes a unifying paradigm to sociological theory that integrates micro and macrosociological, subjective and objective, social scientific and humanistic perspectives. It synthesizes the European critical theory/phenomenological approach with the American radical tradition, and illuminates the internal tension in the discipline of sociology that many see as the result of the European struggle for world hegemony. The work also presents a relational comparison of the social institutions of modern life, and examines the work of some neglected sociologists such as Leo Frobenius and Henry George.
Part 1 The epistemological foundations of social theory: social theory and social learning; conflict of paradigms in the history of science; the empirical origins of cultural-historical inquiry. Part 2 The social institutions: the family; world-systems theory - modern social science and cultural-historical theorizing meet; sociology and economics. Part 3 the body: Methodological individualism and American society; epilogue;
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