Neofunctionalism and After brings together for the first time in one volume all of Alexander's writings on neofunctionalism, the present volume also contains two chapters written especially for this publication. The first, "From Functionalism to Neofunctionalism: Creating a Position in the Field of Social Theory," is an autobiographical reconstruction of the origins of this movement. The other, "Action, Culture, and Civil Society," is an ambitious theoretical argument in which Alexander asserts that the internal contradictions of neofunctionalism inevitably lead to a new movement of theoretical reconstruction that goes beyond it.
Jeffrey C. Alexander is a Professor at the depatment of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has been a Fellow at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies and at SCASSS in Sweden. His other books include Twenty Lectures: Sociological Theory since World War Two (Columbia, 1987); Action and its Environments (Columbia, 1988); Fin-de-Si cle Social Theory (Verso, 1995); Neofunctionalism (Sage, 1985), Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates (with Steven Seidman, Cambridge, 1990).