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The problem of order

The problem of order Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1995 Review Essay Joseph M. Roidt I The Problem of Order: What Unites and Divides Society, by Wrong, Dennis H., (1994), New York: The Free Press. Dennis Wrong's 'The Oversocialized Conception of Man in Modern Sociology' (American Sociological Review, vol. 26, no. 2, 1961) holds its place as a classic in the annals of contemporary sociological theory. Though frequently glossed as merely an anti-Parsonian polemic, Wrong's argument was a far more nuanced statement regarding the nature and purpose of social theoretical inquiry. Wrong's principal points in this essay were three. First, Wrong argued that the seminal questions of social theory, though in particular the Hob- besian question: 'How is order possible?', were unlikely to be resolved through the efforts of cumulative empirical research. Such questions, Wrong contended, "...remain eternally problematic." Second, Wrong argued that sociological theory had evidenced a willingness to forget the eternally problematic nature of these questions insofar as it had come to 'mistake' particular solutions for 'final' and definitive solutions. In particular Wrong argued, sociological theory, which had drawn much of its original impetus from its collective dissatisfaction with the models of man proffered by other social sciences, had to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Sociology Springer Journals

The problem of order

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Social Sciences; Sociology, general; Social Sciences, general; Cross Cultural Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology
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0162-0436
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1573-7837
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10.1007/BF02393349
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Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1995 Review Essay Joseph M. Roidt I The Problem of Order: What Unites and Divides Society, by Wrong, Dennis H., (1994), New York: The Free Press. Dennis Wrong's 'The Oversocialized Conception of Man in Modern Sociology' (American Sociological Review, vol. 26, no. 2, 1961) holds its place as a classic in the annals of contemporary sociological theory. Though frequently glossed as merely an anti-Parsonian polemic, Wrong's argument was a far more nuanced statement regarding the nature and purpose of social theoretical inquiry. Wrong's principal points in this essay were three. First, Wrong argued that the seminal questions of social theory, though in particular the Hob- besian question: 'How is order possible?', were unlikely to be resolved through the efforts of cumulative empirical research. Such questions, Wrong contended, "...remain eternally problematic." Second, Wrong argued that sociological theory had evidenced a willingness to forget the eternally problematic nature of these questions insofar as it had come to 'mistake' particular solutions for 'final' and definitive solutions. In particular Wrong argued, sociological theory, which had drawn much of its original impetus from its collective dissatisfaction with the models of man proffered by other social sciences, had to

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