Bringing Men Back In

  title={Bringing Men Back In},
  author={G. Homans},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  • G. Homans
  • Published 1964
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
A theory of a phenomenon is an explanation of it, showing how it follows as a conclusion from general propositions in a deductive system. With all its empirical achievements, the functional school never produced a theory that was also an explanation, since from its general propositions about the conditions of social equilibrium no definite conclusions could be drawn. When a serious effort is made, even by functionalists, to construct an explanatory theory, its general propositions turn out to… Expand
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