This book offers an in-depth analysis of sociology, e.g. such classics as Weber, Parsons and Homans, and its adjacent social sciences with special reference to economics, including public choice theory, property rights theory, the Austrian school and others. This discussion submits many fresh observations; giving the theories under consideration their due, it at the same time exposes their flaws. In addition, the book contains a constructive programme of the research field in question, termed socio-economic structuralism, which involves many theoretical innovations, notions of ownership and class. This positive theory draws on, but is far from mimicking, achievements of the thinkers considered in the remaining parts of the book.
Jacek Tittenbrun is Professor of Sociology at the University of Poznan. Among his numerous publications are The Collapse of ‘Real Socialism’ in Poland (1993) and Public vs. Private Ownership: In Search of the Rationale of Privatisation (1996).