Hoover Institution fellow Joseph Berger and Morris Zelditch, Jr. have long been two of the leading contributors to the Stanford tradition in the study of microprocesses. In a three-part volume, Status, Power, and Legitimacy: Strategies and Theories, now available from Transaction Publishers ($44.95), they bring together major contributions to the development of this tradition, in addition to a number of new essays, published for the first time.
Berger and Zelditch examine the nature of a generalizing theoretical orientation in the social sciences. They explore the relation between the scope of a theory and testing, applying, and developing it; the relation between abstract theories and empirical generalizations; and how to use an understanding of this relation to construct theories that are neither historically nor culturally bound.
Joseph Berger is a senior fellow (by courtesy) at the Hoover Institution. He and Morris Zelditch Jr. are emeritus professors of sociology at Stanford University. They have coauthored and edited many publications, including Types of Formalization; Sociological Theories in Progress, volumes 1, 2, and 3; Status, Rewards and Influence: How Expectations Organize Behavior; and Theoretical Research Programs: Studies in the Growth of Theory.
Status, Power, and Legitimacy: Strategies and Theories is now available from Transaction Publishers at 1-888-999-6778.