Rational Choice Theory

Rational Choice Theory

The Symbolic Meaning: The uncollected versions of studies in classic American literature, Fontwell: Centaur Press. Lawrence, D.H. (1987 [1926]) The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Author: Margaret S. Archer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134546527

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Rational Choice Theory is flourishing in sociology and is increasingly influential in other disciplines. Contributors to this volume are convinced that it provides an inadequate conceptualization of all aspects of decision making: of the individuals who make the decisions, of the process by which decisions get made and of the context within which decisions get made. The ciritique focuses on the four assumptions which are the bedrock of rational choice: rationality: the theory's definition of rationality is incomplete, and cannot satisfactorily incorporate norms and emotions individualism: rational choice is based upon atomistic, individual decision makers and cannot account for decisions made by ;couples', 'groups' or other forms of collective action process: the assumption of fixed, well-ordered preferences and 'perfect information' makes the theory inadequate for situations of change and uncertainty aggregation: as methodological individualists, rational choice theorists can only view structure and culture as aggregates and cannot incorporate structural or cultural influences as emergent properties which have an effect upon decision making. The critique is grounded in discussion of a wide range of social issues, including race, marriage, health and education.
Categories: Social Science

Theorizing Modernity

Theorizing Modernity

The Uncollected Versions of Studies in Classic American Literature. Fontwell: Centaur Press. Lawrence, D.H. (1964) Studies in Classic American Literature. London: Heinemann. Lawrence, D.H. (1987) The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl).

Author: Peter Wagner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412933766

Category: Social Science

Page: 158

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This book argues that sociology has lost its ability to provide critical diagnoses of the present human condition because sociology has stopped considering the philosophical requirements of social enquiry. The book attempts to restore that ability by retrieving some of the key questions that sociologists tend to gloss over, inescapability and attainability. The book identifies five key questions in which issues of inescapability and attainability emerge. These are the questions of the certainty of our knowledge, the viability of our politics, the continuity of our selves, the accessibility of the past, and the transparency of the future. The book demonstrates how these questions are addressed in different forms and by different intellectual means during the past 200 years and shows how they persist today.
Categories: Social Science

A History and Theory of the Social Sciences

A History and Theory of the Social Sciences

The uncollected versions of studies in classic American literature ( ed . Armin Arnold ) , Fontwell : Centaur Press , 1962 . Lawrence , D.H. , The plumed serpent ( Quetzalcoatl ) Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 1987 .

Author: Peter Wagner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446264515

Category: Social Science

Page: 209

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Divided into two parts, this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the ′organization of modernity′, in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the ′rationalistic revolution′ of the ′golden age′ of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the ′collectivist alternative′: the concepts of society, culture and polity, which are often dismissed as untenable by postmodernists today. This is a major contribution to contemporary social theory and provides a host of essential insights into the task of social science today.
Categories: Social Science

A History of Literature in the Caribbean

A History of Literature in the Caribbean

The Symbolic Meaning: The Uncollected Versions of “Studies in Classic American Literature”. Ed. by Armin Arnold, 28—29. London: Centaur Press. —. 1963. ... Dark Night ofthe Body: D. H. Lawrence's “The Plumed Serpent.

Author: A. James Arnold

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027297778

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 398

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Cross-Cultural Studies is the culminating effort of a distinguished team of international scholars who have worked since the mid-1980s to create the most complete analysis of Caribbean literature ever undertaken. Conceived as a major contribution to postcolonial studies, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, and regional studies of the Caribbean and the Americas, Cross-Cultural Studies illuminates the interrelations between and among Europe, the Caribbean islands, Africa, and the American continents from the late fifteenth century to the present. Scholars from five continents bring to bear on the most salient issues of Caribbean literature theoretical and critical positions that are currently in the forefront of discussion in literature, the arts, and public policy. Among the major issues treated at length in Cross-Cultural Studies are: The history and construction of racial inequality in Caribbean colonization; The origins and formation of literatures in various Creoles; The gendered literary representation of the Caribbean region; The political and ideological appropriation of Caribbean history in creating the idea of national culture in North and South America, Europe, and Africa; The role of the Caribbean in contemporary theories of Modernism and the Postmodern; The decentering of such canonical authors as Shakespeare; The vexed but inevitable connectedness of Caribbean literature with both its former colonial metropoles and its geographical neighbors. Contributions to Cross-Cultural Studies give a concrete cultural and historical analysis of such contemporary critical terms as hybridity, transculturation, and the carnivalesque, which have so often been taken out of context and employed in narrowly ideological contexts. Two important theories of the simultaneous unity and diversity of Caribbean literature and culture, propounded by Antonio Benítez-Rojo and +douard Glissant, receive extended treatment that places them strategically in the debate over multiculturalism in postcolonial societies and in the context of chaos theory. A contribution by Benítez-Rojo permits the reader to test the theory through his critical practice. Divided into nine thematic and methodological sections followed by a complete index to the names and dates of authors and significant historical figures discussed, Cross-Cultural Studies will be an indispensable resource for every library and a necessary handbook for scholars, teachers, and advanced students of the Caribbean region.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Study Guide to Sons and Lovers and Other Works by D H Lawrence

Study Guide to Sons and Lovers and Other Works by D  H  Lawrence

Studies in Classic American Literature. New York, Seltzer, 1923. Kangaroo. London, Martin Secker, 1923. ... Philadelphia, The Centaur Press, 1925. The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl). London, Martin Secker, 1926. David.

Author: Intelligent Education

Publisher: Influence Publishers

ISBN: 9781645420811

Category: Study Aids

Page: 124

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A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by D.H. Lawrence, distinguished British writer and poet. Titles in this study guide include Sons and Lovers, The Plumed Serpent, The Rainbow, and Women in Love. As a controversial writer of the twentieth-century, Lawrence unknowingly shaped early modernism. Moreover, his reflections of human behavior depict the effects that industrialism had on the British people and their communities. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of D.H. Lawrence’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.
Categories: Study Aids

Novel Practices

Novel Practices

Earlier versions of Studies in Classic American Literature were collected under the title The Symbolic Meaning , ed . Armin Arnold , with a preface by Harry Moore ( London : Centaur Press , 1962 ) . D.H. Lawrence , Studies in Classic ...

Author: Eugene Goodheart

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412829828

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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"It is inspiriting to have a new collection of Eugene Goodheart's critical essays. He is one of our best --our most useful--critics. W. B. Yeats spoke of the need to hold reality and justice in a single thought.' Goodheart knows the need and works hard to fulfill it. He never struts in the presence of the book he is reading, but is always (as if by nature andon principle) attentive, acute, alive to the issues. No writer could ask for a better reader or a more conscientious intelligence."--Denis Donoghue, New York University An important debate in modern literary criticism concerns the exact relationship between the ancient epic and the novel. Both the epic and the most ambitious modern novels are large-scale attempts to present a comprehensive view of the world through the experience of a representative hero. However, in the older tradition the hero stood for the aspirations and highest ideals of his society. The protagonist of the modern novel is usually at odds with that society, whether as exile, active rebel, or antagonistic critic. In Novel Practices, the distinguished literary scholar Eugene Goodheart surveys a representative selection of modern novelists tracing how the epic impulse has been reshaped under the conditions of modernity. Goodheart describes how George Eliot and James Joyce's comprehensive artistic creation enabled them to demonstrate a mastery of the world unattainable to their thwarted, flawed, or feckless heroes and heroines. Works such as Middlemarch and Ulysses, encyclopedic in their inclusiveness, share an ambitious scope that is virtually synonymous with epic. Goodheart shows that even in shorter works, such as James's The Beast in the Jungle and Ford Maddox Ford's The Good Soldier, the standard of the epic hero acts as an ironic subtext. A chapter on Thomas Mann provides a European perspective, enacting conflict between self and society through a dramatized contest of ideas. Goodheart explores ambiguities of point of view as characteristic of modern uncertainty: how much authority or reliability should the reader concede to the narrator? What is the relationship between the narrator and the author? These and related questions are addressed in chapters on Lawrence, James, Bellow, Woolf, and Roth, which also deal with the place of literary biography in understanding fiction. Goodheart's approach centers on fiction, and although he takes cognizance of the critical theory of the past several decades, he nevertheless emphasizes the centrality of the author and authorial intention. Novel Practices will be essential reading for students of literature, culture, and intellectual history. Eugene Goodheart is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Brandeis University. His books include Modernism and the Critical Spirit and Culture and the Radical Conscience, both available from Transaction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

D H Lawrence and the Bible

D  H  Lawrence and the Bible

Quetzalcoatl : The Early Version of ' The Plumed Serpent ' , ed . ... The Symbolic Meaning : The Uncollected Versions of ' Studies in Classic American Literature ' , ed . Armin Arnold , Arundel : Centaur Press , 1962 .

Author: T. R. Wright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521781892

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Wright's study sheds light not only on his work but on the Bible on the creative process itself.
Categories: Literary Criticism

What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity

What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity

(1962 [1925]) The Symbolic Meaning: The Uncollected Versions of Studies in Classic American Literature, Arundel: Centaur Press. ——— (1981 [1915]) The Rainbow, London: Folio Society. ——— (1987 [1926]) The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl), ...

Author: Philip Armstrong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134245185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity argues that nonhuman animals, and stories about them, have always been closely bound up with the conceptual and material work of modernity. In the first half of the book, Philip Armstrong examines the function of animals and animal representations in four classic narratives: Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels, Frankenstein and Moby-Dick. He then goes on to explore how these stories have been re-worked, in ways that reflect shifting social and environmental forces, by later novelists, including H.G. Wells, Upton Sinclair, D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, Brigid Brophy, Bernard Malamud, Timothy Findley, Will Self, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and J.M. Coetzee. What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity also introduces readers to new developments in the study of human-animal relations. It does so by attending both to the significance of animals to humans, and to animals’ own purposes or designs; to what animals mean to us, and to what they mean to do, and how they mean to live.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Movement and Belonging

Movement and Belonging

The Symbolic Meaning : The Uncollected Versions of Studies in Classic American Literature . Ed . Armin Arnold . Arundel : Centaur P Ltd. , 1962 . Studies in Classic American ... The Plumed Serpent . 1926. Ed . Ronald G. Walker .

Author: Carol E. Leon

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820472549

Category: Commonwealth literature (English)

Page: 268

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The uncertainties and newness that surround us today prompt radical questions about ourselves and our relationship with the external world. How do and can we belong to the places and spaces of today? Movement and Belonging: Lines, Places, and Spaces of Travel describes current realities and suggests ways in which you can define yourself in an ever-changing world. Using the travel writings of V. S. Naipaul, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick White, and D. H. Lawrence, Movement and Belonging demonstrates that «authentic» travel - embracing changing boundaries and cultures - enables you to create sites of belonging where you can find your sense of self.
Categories: Commonwealth literature (English)

Engendering Inspiration

Engendering Inspiration

The Plumed Serpent . 1926. Rpt . New York : Penguin , 1987 . ... The Symbolic Meaning : The Uncollected Versions of Studies in Classic American Literature . Ed . Armin Arnold . London : Centaur , 1962 . Women in Love . 1921.

Author: Helen Sword

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472105949

Category: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.).

Page: 294

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Investigates the development of a gendered poetics of inspiration in the modernist period
Categories: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.).