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Title The Oxford handbook of analytical sociology / edited by Peter Hedström and Peter Bearman
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 772 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford handbooks
Oxford handbooks.
Contents Part. I. Foundations: 1. What is analytical sociology all about? an introductory essay / Peter Hedström and Peter Bearman; 2. Analytical sociology and theories of the middle range / Peter Hedström and Lars Udehn -- Part. II. Social Cogs and Wheels: 3. Emotions / Jon Elster; 4. Beliefs / Jens Rydgren; 5. Preferences / Jeremy Freese; 6. Opportunities / Trond Petersen; 7. Heuristics / Daniel G. Goldstein; 8. Signaling / Diego Gambetta; 9. Norms / Jon Elster; 10. Trust / Karen S. Cook and Alexandra Gerbasi -- Part. III. Social Dynamics: 11. Social dynamics from the bottom up: agent-based models of social interaction / Michael Macy and Andreas Flache; 12. Segregation dynamics / Elizabeth Bruch and Robert Mare; 13. Self-fulfilling prophecies / Michael Biggs; 14. Social influence: the puzzling nature of success in cultural markets / Matthew J. Salganik and Duncan J. Watts; 15. The contagiousness of divorce / Yvonne Aberg; 16. Matching / Katherine Stovel and Christine Fountain; 17. Collective action / Delia Baldassarri; 18. Conditional choice / Meredith Rolfe; 19. Network dynamics / James Moody; 20. Threshold models of social influence / Duncan J. Watts and Peter Dodds; 21. Time and scheduling / Christopher Winship; 22. Homophily and the focused organization of ties / Scott Feld and Bernard Grofman; 23. Status / Joel Podolny and Freda Lynn; 24. Dominance hierarchies / Ivan Chase and W. Brent Lindquist; 25. Conflict / Stathis Kalyvas -- Part. IV. Perspectives From Other Fields and Approaches: 26. Game theory / Richard Breen; 27. Experiments / Iris Bohnet; 28. Surveys / Hannah Brückner; 29. Analytic ethnography / Diane Vaughan; 30. Historical Sociology / Karen Barkey
Summary Analytical sociology is a strategy for understanding the social world. It is concerned with explaining important social facts such as network structures, patterns of residential segregation, typical beliefs, cultural tastes, and common ways of acting. It explains such facts by detailing in clear and precise ways the mechanisms through which the social facts were brought about. Making sense of the relationship between micro and macro thus is one of the central concerns of analytical sociology. The approach is a contemporary incarnation of Robert K. Merton's notion of middle-range theory and presents a vision of sociological theory as a tool-box of semi-general theories each of which is adequate for explaining certain types of phenomena. The Handbook brings together some of the most prominent sociologists in the world. Some of the chapters focus on action and interaction as the cogs and wheels of social processes, while others consider the dynamic social processes that these actions and interactions bring about
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Sociology -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
Author Bearman, Peter S., 1956-
Hedström, Peter.
LC no. 2009013905
ISBN 0191550574 (electronic bk.)
9780191550577 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Analytical sociology
Handbook of analytical sociology