Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-2558-0 • Hardback • March 2003 • $137.00 • (£105.00)
978-0-7425-2559-7 • Paperback • March 2003 • $60.00 • (£46.00)
978-0-585-46384-1 • eBook • September 2004 • $57.00 • (£44.00)
Jonathan H. Turner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at University of California, Riverside. Among his many influential books is the recently published Face to Face: Toward a Sociological Theory of Interpersonal Behavior (2002).
Chapter 1: Institutional Analysis
Chapter 2: A Theory of Macrodynamic Forces
Chapter 3: The Institutional Core
Chapter 4: Institutional Systems of Hunter-Gatherer Populations
Chapter 5: Institutional Systems of Horticultural Populations
Chapter 6: Institutional Systems of Agrarian Populations
Chapter 7: Institutional Systems of Industrial and Post-Industrial Populations
Chapter 8: Fundamental Interchanges Among Institutions
Chapter 9 Conclusion
This is a stunning achievement by a first-rate scholar and social theorist. Highly recommended.
— Choice Reviews
[Turner's] book is an excellent contribution to the theoretical literature on social evolution. Turner has an excellent feel for how the process of long-term social evolution works, both descriptively and in terms of the key casual forces. His book should be read far and wide.
— American Journal of Sociology
Using innovative methods, concepts, and notations developed in his earlier works, and eschewing a 'prime mover,' Turner outlines a cogent and comprehensive macro-level theory of social organization and social change. Avoiding the pitfalls of earlier functional analyses of social institutions and social order, the theory identifies the key 'macro-dynamic' forces that shape and alter the 'institutional order,' and it proposes general models of their impact, and of the patterned interrelationships, and mutual causality among the key institutions of societies.
— Patrick D. Nolan, University of South Carolina