Chaos, Complexity, And Sociology

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Overview

The authors of this volume provide a timely collection of articles which examine the emerging myths and theories surrounding the study of chaos and complexity. In the second part methodological matters are considered. Finally, conceptual models and applications are presented. This perceptive and thorough volume will be useful to sociologists and others interested in chaos and complexity theory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761908906
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword - Frederick Turner
Chaos and Social Science
Preface
PART ONE: EMERGING NEW DIRECTIONS: MYTHS AND THEORIES
The Myth of Postmodern Science - Bob Price
From Enlightenment to Chaos - Mary E Lee
Toward Nonmodern Social Theory
The Persistence of 'Emergence' - Kevin Mihata
Chaos and Complexity - Kurt W Back
Necessary Myths
Nonlinear Dynamics and the Micro-Macro Bridge - Thomas S Smith
Nonlinear Dynamics, Complexity and Public Policy - Euel Elliot and L Douglas Kiel
Use, Misuse and Applicability
Self-Organization of the Economy - Helmut Michael Staubmann
A System-Theoretical Reconsideration of Georg Simmel's Philosophy of Money
The Omicron Point Sociological Application of the Anthropic Theory - William Sims Bainbridge
The Origins of Order and Disorder in Physical and Social Deterministic Systems - Alvin M Saperstein
PART TWO: PRELIMINARY THINKING ABOUT METHODS
Webs of Chaos - William F Stroup II
Implications for Research Designs
Chaos and Social Reality - R J Bird
An Emergent Perspective
Chaos and Pattern in Complex Systems - Ben Goertzel
PART THREE: CONCEPTUAL MODELS AND APPLICATIONS
Dynamics of Children's Friendships - Lutz-Michael Alisch, Shahram Azizighanbari and Martin Bargfeldt
Short-Term Changes in the Domestic Division of Labor - Sara Horsfall and Elizabeth Maret
Intimations of Complexity
Biological Foundations of Social Interaction - Thomas S Smith and Gregory T Stevens
Explorations of Nonlinear Dynamics in Arousal-Modulation
Collective Behavior Following Disasters - Eve Passerini and David Bahr
A Cellular Automation Model
Organizations and Constraint-Based Adaptation - Kakthleen M Carley
Chaotic Behavior in Society - Kevin Dooley et al
Adolescent Childbearing in Texas 1964-1990
So Where Are We Now? A Final Word - Raymond A Eve

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