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Social Structure

Concepts in the Social Sciences

By (author) John Scott, Jose Lopez
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Open University Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jan 2000
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm d 15mm
Weight: 300g
ISBN-10: 0335204961
ISBN-13: 9780335204960
Barcode No: 9780335204960
Despite the importance of the concept of social structure, sociologists have not agreed on how to define it and discussions have been plagued by confusion. In this concise and enlightening text, Jos L pez and John Scott argue that analysing the conceptual frameworks in which different concepts of social structure are embedded can help to clarify their meanings and reshape debates. They show that competing conceptions of social structure can be seen as capturing significant and different aspects of the reality of social organization. This volume is organized around a discussion of "institutional structure", "relational structure" and "embodied structure". It argues that these conceptions of social structure can be fruitfully combined in order to provide a more powerful overview, incorporating the work of principal contributors from Marx and Durkheim, through Parsons and Simmel, to Giddens, Foucault and Bourdieu.

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