Outline of a Resource Structuralism Theory of Social Structure and Process

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Author:Milner, Murray, Department of SociologyUniversity of Virginia

Beginning with the rudimentary concepts of separation, combination, and linking key notions such as social structure, social process, social system, self-regulating system, organism, and human nature are systematically defined and specified. Three axioms about human nature are stated regarding (1) gratification, scarcity, and insecurity, (2) human capacities, and (3) the propensity of evaluate. From these axioms a wide variety of propositions are derived, focusing especially on how variations in the type and mix of social resources shape individual behavior, social structure, and culture. This framework is then used to subsume and relate a variety of previous analyses such as Lenski's Force and Its Transformation, Lenski's Survival and Death Hypothesis, Durkheim on Organic and Mechanical Solidarity, Durkhiem on Egoist, Anomic, and Altruistc Suicide, Sahlins on Cultural Reason, Levi-Strauss type structural analysis, Ricoeur's Polysemy, Cooley’s Looking Glass Self, Bell's Axial Principle of Post-Industrial Societies, Meyer and Rowans’ Ritualization of Technology Hypothesis, Weber's Protestant Ethic Thesis, Etzioni's Compliance Typology, Etzioni's Involvement Hypothesis, Paige's Theory Of Agrarian Conflict, Turner's "From Institution to Impulse, Status Attainment Theory, Blau’s Heterogeneity-Homogeneity Theory, Mao "On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among The People,” plus numerous other conceptual clarifications and testable propositions.

Theory--General, Social Structure, Social Process, Resource Structuralism
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Published Date:
December 01, 2017