David G. Wagner
Recent Research Projects
- Daring Modesty: The Generation, Analysis and Development of Sociological
Ideas. -- This is a comprehensive, book-length consideration of four basic questions regarding the construction of sociological theories:
- What is the purpose of theorizing?
- From what sources do sociological theories come?
- How can we tell whether our theories are "good" or "bad?"
- How do we go about making our good theories better?
- The Attribution of Instrumental and Expressive Task Roles -- This work involves a series of experiments testing whether patterns of behavioral interaction (rather than gender differences, as is traditionally assumed) predict the attribution of instrumental and expressive roles in task groups.
- Characteristics, Objects, and Information: An Integrated View of Instrumental Task Behavior -- This work involves the extension of status characteristics theory and the performance of several experiments to account for the effects of group members' differential possession of task-relevant objects, abilities or information on task performance.
- Sociological Theory & Theory Construction
- Social Psychology
- Sex and Gender Stratification
- Sociology of Science and Knowledge
- Mathematical Sociology
- Organizational Processes