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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2S06
Professor
David Young
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 30 – January 27th • 2) Relative Autonomy o The state has some degree of autonomy from the capitalist class o Some separation so that the state can do things that the capitalist class might not like o Structuralist theory suggest that the state is able to engage in legitimation due to its  relative autonomy from the capitalist class o Relative autonomy from the capitalist class enables the state to sometimes do things that  go against the interests of the capitalists o At times when the capitalist system is threatened, or when support for the system is  weakening, the state may use its relative autonomy to establish policy or legislation that  to some degree at least meet the demands of the working class • B) Disadvantages of the theory o This theory is addressing the class struggle between the capitalist and working class o This theory only helps us to understand the class struggle o There are also struggles around gender, ethnicity, etc. o This theory does not help us to understand why we end up with pieces of legislation  connected to these issues Theories of Exchange and Rational Choice Introductory issues and historical overview • A) What are theories of exchange and rational choice? o These theories are exchange theory, exchange network theory, and rational choice theory o In various ways, these theories focus on the social processes whereby individuals or  groups seek and exchange resources o Resources can include a number of things  E.g., assistance, approval, information, money, status, influence • B) The development of exchange theory o 1) The work of George Homans  In 1961, Homans published his book “Social Behavior: It’s elementary forms”  Laid the foundation for exchange theory  Never called his work exchange theory but the principles he established in this  book became known as exchange theory  A) A reaction to structural functionalism  Homans thought that structural functionalist theory possess every virtue  except that of explaining anything  Could not explain anything because it was too focused on the macro  level of analysis and it was too abstract  Critical of Talcott Parsons   Homans tried to develop a sociological theory that focused on the micro  level and in particular we have to base the theory on careful observations  of the social world   B) The influence of behavioural psychology 
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