Teaching Yourself Social Theory


David Harris

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    For Maggie and Andy

    List of Figures

    • 1.1 The model of the social formation 28
    • 2.1 Parsons and the social system 54
    • 2.2 Adaptation to social strain 60
    • 2.3 Lévi-Strauss's structural analyses of kinship 65
    • 4.1 Models of structuration in Giddens 104
    • 10.1 Foucault – structures and forms of knowledge 186


    I would like to acknowledge the efforts of family and friends and the ‘support staff’ of the College of St Mark and St John (especially the librarians). Special thanks are due to Jan for keeping me going during some quite difficult times. Hilkka John has also been a thoughtful friend.

    Thanks to Chris Rojek and Kay Bridger at Sage for their patience, advice and encouragement and for keeping faith with me when this book was much delayed. The production staff at Sage, including the excellent copyeditor, Justin Dyer, also deserves special thanks.

    I was much encouraged in the early phases by some generous feedback from Prof. Anthony Synnott of Concordia.

    I am very grateful to those colleagues at the College who supported me, and still unapologetic towards those who did not.

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