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Smelser, Neil J.

Works: 243 works in 1,458 publications in 6 languages and 52,811 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Reference works  History  Abstracts  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: HM35, 301.15
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Most widely held works by Neil J Smelser
Theory of collective behavior by Neil J Smelser( Book )

81 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In all civilizations, men have evinced dramatic collective behavior--the craze, the riot, the revolution. In Theory of Collective Behavior, the author applies the insights of contemporary sociology in the first work to unify the subject of collective behavior under a single, coherent sociological theory. The treatment is new and controversial. It marks a radical departure from the European social-psychological tradition of Le Bon, Trotter, MacDougall, and Freud, as well as from the American tradition of Ross, Park, and Blumer. Smelser explains why collective episodes occur where they do, when they do, and in the ways they do. He discusses the distinctive social conditions that accompany collective seizures. He also studies the kinds of beliefs that spark collective behavior and explores the relations among simple beliefs of hysteria and wish-fulfillment and the more complex beliefs envisioning the reconstruction of social norms and cultural values. The explanations are based on a theoretical scheme that permits classification and analysis of the social strains that underlie collective outbursts--strains such as ambiguity, deprivation, conflicts of norms, and conflicts of values. The greater part of this volume is devoted to empirical and comparative applications of Smelser's theory to several types of collective behavior. Individual chapters treat isolated phenomena such as the panic and the craze (including the financial boom and certain types of religious revivals); in these chapters the author has drawn from the literature of sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology, integrating the provocative but unorganized material hitherto available"--Jacket. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)
Economy and society : a study in the integration of economic and social theory by Talcott Parsons( Book )

112 editions published between 1956 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is designed as a contribution to the synthesis of theory ineconomics and sociology. We believe that the degree of separationbetween these two disciplines separation emphasized by intellectualtraditions and present institutional arrangements arbitrarily concealsa degree of intrinsic intimacy between them which must be brought tothe attention of the respective professional groups
The sociology of economic life by Neil J Smelser( Book )

50 editions published between 1955 and 1989 in 5 languages and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The handbook of economic sociology by Neil J Smelser( Book )

42 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here more than forty contributors examine the theoretical and empirical evolution of economic sociology; the social foundations of modern economic organizations; the interaction of economic factors with schools, the family, law, religion, work, and other institutions; and economic systems in historical, cross-cultural, and political perspectives. With the burgeoning of the field in the last decade, a definitive account is long overdue. Original and far-reaching, The Handbook of Economic Sociology provides a state-of-the-art overview that will appeal not only to sociologists and economists, but to all scholars who are interested in the impact of economics on the lives of people and nations
Handbook of sociology( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Personality and social systems by Neil J Smelser( Book )

48 editions published between 1963 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We conceive this book to have two objectives, one academic and one pedagogic. On the academic side, the study of the relations between personality and social systems--like much of social psychology in general--has a "shreds and patches" quality. Many disciplined and theoretically relevant items of research appear in the learned journals, but seldom are they organized systematically. Most books of selected articles reflect this undisciplined character of the field. We hope we have achieved a somewhat tighter conceptual framework in organizing this book of selections. We lay out the broad lines of this framework in the Introduction and attempt to adhere to it consistently in assigning articles to their appropriate place throughout the volume. On the pedagogic side, courses in personality and society sprawl awkwardly over a number of college and university departments--psychology, social psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Teachers from each department view the subject from their own particular vantage point and sometimes neglect contributions from other areas. In this book we attempt to cover all the areas of the social sciences in which research on the relations between personality and social systems is currently proceeding. Our modest hope is that we have been able thereby to broaden the scope of many teachers"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)
Themes of work and love in adulthood by Neil J Smelser( Book )

16 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revised papers from a conference under the auspices of the Western Center of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences which was held May 8-9, 1977 at the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, California
The faces of terrorism : social and psychological dimensions by Neil J Smelser( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Neil Smelser begins by tackling the fundamental problem of defining what exactly terrorism is. He shows why a precise definition has eluded us until now, and he proposes one that takes into account the full complexities of this unconventional and politically charged brand of violence. He explores the root causes and conditions of terrorism, and examines the ideologies that inspire and fuel it throughout the world. Smelser looks closely at the terrorists themselves - their recruitment, their motivations, the groups they form, their intended audiences, and their uses of the media in pursuing their agendas. He studies the target societies as well, unraveling the complicated social and psychological impacts of having to cope with the ever-present threat of a terrorist strike - and responding when one occurs. He explains what it means to live under constant threat of terrorism, and addresses the thorny domestic and foreign policy challenges this poses. Throughout, Smelser draws from the latest findings in sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, psychology, psychiatry, and history."--Jacket
America becoming : racial trends and their consequences( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Leading scholars and commentators explore past and current trends among African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans in the context of a White majority. This collection of papers represents the most current literature in the field. Volume 1 covers demographic trends, immigration, racial attitudes, and the geography of opportunity. Volume 2 deals with the criminal justice system, the labor market, welfare, and health trends. Both books will be of great interest to educators, scholars, researchers, students, social scientists, and policymakers
The Social importance of self-esteem( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behavioral and social science : fifty years of discovery : in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the "Ogburn report," Recent social trends in the United States by Neil J Smelser( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1933, President Herbert Hoover commissioned the "Ogburn Report," a comprehensive study of social trends in the United States. Fifty years later, a symposium of noted social and behavioural scientists marked the report's anniversary with a book of their own from the Commission on Behavioural and Social Sciences and Education. The 10 chapters presented here relate the developments detailed in the "Ogburn Report" to modern social trends. This book discusses recent major strides in the social and behavioural sciences, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, and linguistics
Social paralysis and social change : British working-class education in the nineteenth century by Neil J Smelser( Book )

12 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neil Smelser's Social Paralysis and Social Change is one of the most comprehensive histories of mass education ever written. It tells the story of how working-class education in nineteenth-century Britain--often paralyzed by class, religious, and economic conflict--struggled forward toward change
The odyssey experience : physical, social, psychological, and spiritual journeys by Neil J Smelser( Book )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This bold and innovative book traces the phenomenon of the "odyssey" experience as it shapes, informs, and defines our lives. Drawing on an astonishing range of examples, Neil J. Smelser focuses on how such experiences enhance our lives and provide us with meaning and dignity. The odyssey experience, as Smelser advances it, is generic, widespread, and recurring. It is a finite period of disengagement from the routines of life and immersion into a simpler, transitory, often collective, usually intense period of involvement that culminates in some kind of regeneration ... By examining a variety of topics as part of a larger, overarching phenomenon, Smelser transforms their study from the particular to the comparative. The Odyssey Experience thus reaches beyond a simple description of where and how transformations occur in daily life to offer a profound explanation for why they are there."--Jacket
Problematics of sociology : the Georg Simmel lectures, 1995 by Neil J Smelser( Book )

18 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on the Georg Simmel Lectures delivered at Humboldt University in the spring of 1995, Problematics of Sociology is a distillation of Neil Smelser's reflections after nearly four decades of research, teaching, and thought in the field of sociology." "Each chapter considers a different level of analysis: micro, meso, macro, and global. Within this framework, the themes considered range over a variety of topics, including the place of the rational and nonrational in social action and in social science theory; social institutions as imagined entities; the eclipse of social class; and the decline of the nation-state as a focus of solidarity."--Jacket
Behavioral and social science research : a national resource by Robert McC Adams( Book )

21 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Areas of behavioral and social science research that have achieved significant breakthroughs in knowledge or application or that show future promise of achieving such breakthroughs are discussed in 12 papers. For example, the paper on formal demography shows how mathematical or statistical techniques can be used to explain and predict change in population characteristics. A paper dealing with behavior and health discusses several biological processes that link behavior to physical illnesses, including stress and such health-impairing habits as smoking, heavy drinking, poor diet, and lack of exercise. In another paper a social anthropologist explores the relationships between culture, social culture, personality, and experience. The remaining papers treat voting behavior research, the life-span approach, income inequality, advances in methods for large-scale surveys and experiments, psychophysics, reading as a cognitive process, property and territoriality, cognitive development in the first years of life, and behavior therapy. (Rm)
The social edges of psychoanalysis by Neil J Smelser( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text collects together the author's essays on psychoanalytic concepts. Psychoanalytic theory has had an ambivalent relationship with sociology, and these essays explore that ambivalence, providing arguments about how and why psychoanalytic approaches can deepen the sociological perspective. One of Smelser's main tenets is that human social behaviour always contains both social-structural and social-psychological elements, and that psychoanalytic theory can bridge these two dimensions of human social life. Smelser addresses such issues as interdisciplinarity, the macro-micro link in research, masculinity and violence, and affirmative action
Usable social science by Neil J Smelser( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is a one-of-a-kind contribution to applied social science and the product of a long collaboration between an established, interdisciplinary sociologist and a successful banking executive. Together, Neil Smelser and John Reed use a straightforward approach to presenting substantive social science knowledge and indicate its relevance and applicability to decision-making, problem-solving and policy-making. Among the areas presented are space-and-time coordinates of social life; cognition and bias; group and network effects; the role of sanctions; organizational dynamics; and macro-changes associated with economic development. Finally, the authors look at the big picture of why society at large demands and needs social-science knowledge, and how the academy actually supplies relevant knowledge."--
Terrorism : perspectives from the behavioral and social sciences( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this report we focus on the nature and determinants of terrorism itself and, second, on domestic responses to terrorist activity."--Page viii
Reflections on the University of California : from the free speech movement to the global university by Neil J Smelser( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These invaluable essays offer an insider's perspective on three decades at a major American university during a time of political turmoil. Neil J. Smelser, who spent thirty-six years as a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, sheds new light on a full range of the issues that dominated virtually all institutions of higher learning during the second half of the twentieth century. Smelser considers student activism - in particular the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley - political surprises, affirmative action, multiculturalism and the culture wars, and much more. As one of the leading sociologists of his generation, Smelser is uniquely qualified to convey and analyze the complexities of administrating a first-rate and very large university as it encounters a highly politicized environment."--Publisher's description
Discouraging terrorism : some implications of 9/11 by Neil J Smelser( Book )

13 editions published between 1900 and 2002 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Handbook of sociology
Alternative Names
Neil J. Smelser US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Neil Smelser Amerikaans socioloog

Neil Smelser sociologue américain

Smelser, N. J. 1930-

Smelser, Neil.

Smelser, Neil 1930-

Smelser, Neil J.

Smelser, Neil Joseph

Smelser, Neil Joseph 1930-

Smelzer, Neĭl

Smelzer, Neĭl 1930-

Смелзер, Нейл

スメルサー, N. J.

スメルサー, ニイル・J

スメルサー, ニール. J

Economy and society : a study in the integration of economic and social theoryThe handbook of economic sociologyHandbook of sociologyThemes of work and love in adulthoodThe faces of terrorism : social and psychological dimensionsAmerica becoming : racial trends and their consequencesThe Social importance of self-esteemBehavioral and social science : fifty years of discovery : in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the "Ogburn report," Recent social trends in the United States