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Models and Interpretations: Selected Essays
     

Models and Interpretations: Selected Essays

by Barnes J. a., J. A. Barnes
 
John Barnes' collection of essays, published over the past forty years, covers a variety of topics in sociology and anthropology, including lineage systems, social networks, colonialism, underlying assumptions of social science, and the significance of time in social analysis. Together they identify the author's particular view of social science as being primarily

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John Barnes' collection of essays, published over the past forty years, covers a variety of topics in sociology and anthropology, including lineage systems, social networks, colonialism, underlying assumptions of social science, and the significance of time in social analysis. Together they identify the author's particular view of social science as being primarily about what really happens. Rather than revamp articles written with a distinctive set of assumptions to bring them into line with current intellectual fashions, Professor Barnes has chosen to let them stand as they are, products of identifiable theoretical stances and modes of exposition. But introductory notes to each chapter explain the context in which the piece was originally written and draw attention to later publications and events that bear on it. A new introduction discusses in detail the author's view of social science as the construction of models rather than a search for social laws, while the final chapter presents a model of the modeling process itself.

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"Barnes's collection is rich and wise and can give proportion to current debate." Aidan W. Southall, Ethnohistory

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ISBN-13:
9780521024938
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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