- Hardcover: 702 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 1968 Enlarged Ed edition (August 1, 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0029211301
- ISBN-13: 978-0029211304
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Social Theory and Social Structure 1968 Enlarged Ed Edition
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Thomas J. Hickey
His "latent and manifest" consequence is still used by sociologists in examining societal actions. For instance, patriotism allows citizens to take pride in their country's freedoms, the manifest consequence. At the same time, patriotism also prevents citizens from criticizing their country's administration, preventing the actual exercise of their freedoms, the latent consequence.
The dominant criticism leveled at Merton's work is the oversight of not analyzing power and defintion. Criticism of this nature usually comes from other theorists specializing in Marxist approaches.
Another classic one should own.
For anyone contemplating a career in sociology, social work, criminology, or public administration, this book should be high on the reading list.