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Theories and Methods in Social Sciences


Basic theoretical insights in the social sciences are after
explained in a uniform scheme and in terms of both methodology and content
Subjected to criticism. Eight theories on the foundations of the social sciences fall under it, including: the Weber-Merton hypothesis on the influence of Protestantism on modern science, Kuhn's theory of scientific revolutions, the self-fulfilling prophecy, and the Hawthorne effect. There are also seven theories from different disciplines of the
Social sciences, including: the "invisible hand" of Adam Smith, the
isolated state of Thünens, the tragedy of the commons and the
Durkheim's Suicide Hypothesis. Outline the introduction and the final chapter
the project and the theoretical and methodological issues raised with it


Durkheim, Emile methods, sociological social sciences, sociology theories, sociological weavers, Max social system

Editors and affiliations

  • Stone Ugelvik Larsen
  • Ekkart carpenter
  1. 1. Department of Comparative Political Science, University of Bergen, Norway
  2. 2. Technical University of Dresden, Germany

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Larsen, University of Bergen
Prof. Dr. Zimmermann, TU Dresden

Bibliographic information

  • Book TitleTheories and Methods in Social Sciences
  • EditorsStein Ugelvik Larsen
    Ekkart carpenter
  • DOIhttps: //
  • Copyright InformationVS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2003
  • Publisher NameVS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook PackagesSpringer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN978-3-531-13995-1
  • eBook ISBN978-3-322-80451-8
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of Pages, 282
  • Number of Illustrations20 b / w illustrations, 0 illustrations in color
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Communication Studies
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