An Introduction to the Analysis of Complex Change
"The author's approach is scholarly and informative, and his book deserves a place in the teaching resources of most departments ..." David Drakakis-Smith, University of Liverpool "A readable, illuminating account ..." Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
Peter Preston is presently Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and has taught at the National University of Singapore, and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has held numerous research fellowships, most recently a Canon Research Fellowship at the Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Japan.
List of Figures. Abbreviations and Acronyms. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I: The Nature of Social Theorising:. 1. Arguments and Actions in Social Theorising. Part II: Classical Social Theory:. 2. The Rise of a Social Science of Humankind. 3. Adam Smith and the Spontaneous Order of the Marketplace. 4. Karl Marx and the Dialectics of Historical Change. 5. Emile Durkheim and the Evolution of the Division of Labour. 6. The Transitional Work of Max Weber. 7. The Divisions of Intellectual Labour of the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991. Part III: Contemporary Theories of Development:. 8. The Legacies of the Colonial Era: Structures, Institutions and Images. 9. Decolonization, Cold War and the Construction of Modernization Theory. 10. The Development Experience of Latin America: Structuralism and Dependency Theory. 11. The Pursuit of Effective Nationstatehood: The Work of the Institutionalist Development Theorists. 12. The Critical Work of Marxist Development Theory. 13. The Assertion of Third World Solidarity: Global Development Approaches. 14. The Affirmation of the Role of the Market: Metropolitan Neo Liberalism in the 1980s. Part IV: New Analyses of Complex Change:. 15. Global System Interdependence: The New Structural Analyses of the Dynamics of Industrial-Capitalism. 16. Agent Centered Analyses and the Acknowledgment of the Diversity of Forms-of-life. 17. The Formal Character of a New General Approach to Development. 18. A New Substantive Focus: From Theorising the Development of the Third World to Elucidating the Dynamics of Complex Change in the Tripolar Global Industrial-Capitalist system. Bibliography. Index.