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The Art of Social Theory

Richard Swedberg


In the social sciences today, students are taught theory by reading and analyzing the works of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and other foundational figures of the discipline. What they rarely learn, however, is how to actually theorize. This book is a practical guide to doing just that. This user manual for social theorists explains how theorizing occurs in what the book calls the context of discovery, a process in which the researcher gathers preliminary data and thinks creatively about it using tools such as metaphor, analogy, and typology. The book guides readers through each step of the theorist's ... More

Keywords: theorizing, discovery, preliminary data, researcher, metaphor, analogy, typology, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691155227
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155227.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swedberg, author
Cornell University