Open Vistas: Philosophical Perspectives of Modern Science by Henry Margenau

By Henry Margenau

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Structural influences are also reflected in the expectations of others as well as in one’s own views of appropriate behavior that have been internalized in the socialization process and incorporated in the habitual routines of everyday life. ” Mouzelis (1995) pointed out that the emphasis on agency has typically been associated with micro-level analysis, while the emphasis on structure has been associated with macro-level analysis. However, micro-level social behavior is also structured in the sense that it is not random but tends to follow (more or less) regular and often predictable patterns.

Eventually, however, the hardy conquerors succumb to the temptations of the soft and refined lifestyle of the people they had conquered, and so the cycle is eventually repeated. Although this cyclical theory was based on Khaldun’s observations of social trends in the Arabian desert, his goal was to develop a general model of the dynamics of society and the process of large-scale social change. His insights were neglected by European and American social theorists, however, perhaps partly because of the growing dominance of Western Europe over the Arab world in succeeding centuries.

Sociology in the United States was heavily influenced by all of these traditions. 3 This brief survey of national variations in the classical roots of contemporary sociological theory is adapted from D. P. Johnson ([1981] 1986:22–27). 14 1 Introduction: From Implicit to Explicit Theories However, the early American social theorists added a strong pragmatic emphasis on social reforms intended to promote progress and improve individuals’ well-being. To understand better the roots of sociology it is worth looking at these differences in more detail.

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