"Recent Developments in the Theory of Social Structure" is an integrated collection of essays reviewing and assessing progress in social structural analysis since 1970. Organizationally, the book is divided into six parts corresponding to six analytical levels of social structure: social relationships, social networks, intraorganizational relations, interorganizational relations, societal stratification and the world system. The ten essays expound and assess what has been learned about the influences of social structure on human behaviour at each level of analysis. In the introduction, the editors examine the metatheoretical issues in structural analysis and promote the cause of theory integration.
Recent developments in the theory of social structure - introduction and overview, Christopher Prendergast and J. David Knottnerus; social relationships; the new studies in social organization - overcoming the astructural bias, Christopher Prendergast and J. David Knottnerus; social exchange theory and social structure - a critical comparison of two traditions of inquiry, J. David Knottnerus; expectation states theory and the analysis of group processes and structures, J. David Knottnerus; social networks; networks in organizational structures and strategies, David Knoke and Miguel Guilarte; intraorganizational relations; structure and process - theory and research on organizational stratification, Amy S. Wharton; interorganizational relations; institutional accounts of organizations as a form of structural analysis, David Strang; societal structures - stratification systems and elites; social structure and life chances, Peter M. Blau; assessing the new structuralism, Amy S. Wharton; the corporate elite and the politics of corporate control, Gerald F. Davis; the world system; a global social structure? evaluating the advancement of the world-systems perspective, William G. Martin.