George C. Homans: History, Theory, and Method

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  • Length: 322 pages
  • Trim size: 6" x 9"
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  • ISBN: 978-1-59451-192-9
  • Publish date: August 2007
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George C. Homans: History, Theory, and Method offers original essays written by scholars from the fields of sociology, history, anthropology, and literature with the aim of assessing Homans's rich and diverse intellectual contributions. It is the first volume in over thirty years to offer a reappraisal of the life and work of one of the twentieth century's leading social scientists.

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A. Javier Trevino, Associate Professor of Sociology at Wheaton College, is the author of several books including The Sociology of Law: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives (St. Martin's, 1996), Talcott Parsons: His Theory and Legacy in Contemporary Sociology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), and Goffman's Legacy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).


What a great idea is George C. Homans: History, Theory, and Method! It is surprising how little of Homans's work is outdated. Its outstanding clarity and originality is an oasis in most of contemporary sociological "theory."
Karl-Dieter Opp, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Leipzig

”With rigor, clarity, and a wide-ranging intellectual purview, George C. Homans: History, Theory, and Method does George Homans proud. It both reflects and builds upon the breadth of his accomplishments as a social scientist and all-around scholar. In my imagination, I can still hear George's booming voice. He was never one to shy away from judgments-and I am sure he would have heartily endorsed this overview of his contributions. Readers can see why great thinkers like Homans are those best able to cross boundaries and make connections across diverse fields of study.”
Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University


Introduction: George C. Homans: His Life and Work
A. Javier Trevino
1. The Rise of Homans at Harvard: Pareto and the English Villagers
Lawrence T. Nichols
2. George C. Homans: A Medievalist for the Twentieth Century
Candice T. Quinn
3. Efficient Causes, Final Causes, and Human Nature: George C. Homans and Social Anthropology
Aram A. Yengoyan
4. Elements and Identity: Homans as an Industrial Sociologist
Stephen J. Appold
5. Homans' Vision of Social Exchange
Linda D. Molm
6. Homans and Emerson on Power: Out of the Skinner Box?
Karen S. Cook and Alexandra Gerbasi
7. Exchange, Affect, and Group Relations
Edward J. Lawler
8. The Return of the Ghost of Utilitarianism: Talcott Parsons and the Theory of George C. Homans in the 1960s
Uta Gerhardt
9. Theorizing in Sociology: The Advocacy of George C. Homans
Jonathan H. Turner
10. Bringing Obligations Back Into Human Rights: Political Thought in George Casper Homans
Irving Louis Horowitz
11. George C. Homans: His Life in Poetry
Sue Standing

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