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  • ISBN: 9780202304724
  • ISBN10: 0202304728

Continual Permutations of Action

by Anselm L. Strauss

  • List Price: $40.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Transaction Pub
  • Publish date: 08/01/1993
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"Outstanding Title!... Strauss expands the pragmatist/interactionist orientation to social behavior of John Dewey, George H. Mead, and Herbert Blumer into a full-blown theory of action. In its theoretic fruitfulness, its descriptive sophistication, and in its "respect [for] the empirical world" Strauss's effort renders previous attempts at such formulations (notably Parsons's) redundant. Strauss begins by suggesting some 19 assumptions of an effective action theory that, among other things, can minimize the danger of sociologists "becoming captive to overly simple explanatory models or doctrines [claiming to explain] human life and behavior." His fundamental idea of trajectory and related subconcepts--notably matrix and path analysis of conditions relative to orders of behavior and the arenas in which such behavior is performed--are elaborated into a treatment of the complex interplay between symbolic worlds, social orders, and structures shaped by and through those symbolic sets. The role of the body, of emotions, and of motives within this action theory are set forth as aspects of and conditions for action. This book must be regarded as a magisterial analysis, sociology at its finest. All levels." --L. Braude, Choice
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