Containing the most systematic statement of the theoretical foundations and framework of functional sociology, the essays included in this edition provide an authoritative approach to the functional analysis of social structures.
Featuring two new chapters that form an introduction to the three essays publishing in part one of Social Theory and Social Structure, Robert K. Merton reflects on some of the most important thinking in contemporary sociology.
On Theoretical Sociology presents a clear and precise overview of basic concepts and serves as an introduction to the unique intellectual achievements of one of America’s foremost scholars.
Robert K Merton was an American sociologist. He was known for his major contributions to the field of criminology and recognized as a founding father of modern sociology. Merton was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1994.