The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology

The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology

by Peter Hedstrom, Peter Bearman
     
 

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 not merely by relating them to other social facts, but by detailing in clear and precise

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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 not merely by relating them to other social facts, but 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 represents 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 of Analytical Sociology brings together some of the most prominent sociologists in the world in a concerted effort to move sociology in a more analytical and rigorous direction. 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199587452
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
800
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations
1. What is analytical sociology all about? An introductory essay, Peter Hedstrom and Peter Bearman
2. Analytical sociology and theories of the middle range, Peter Hedstrom and Lars Udehn
Part Two: Social Cogs and Wheels
3. Emotions, Jon Elster
4. Beliefs, Jens Rydgren
5. Preferences, Jeremy Freese
6. Opportunities, Trond Petersen
7. Heuristics, Dan Goldstein
8. Signaling, Diego Gambetta
9. Norms, Jon Elster
10. Trust, Karen Cook and Alexandra Gerbasi
Part Three: 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 processes, Michael Biggs
14. Social influence: The puzzling nature of success in cultural markets, Matthew Salganik and Duncan Watts
15. Matching, Katherine Stovel and Christine Fountain
16. Collective action, Delia Baldassarri
17. Conditional choice, Meredith Rolfe
18. Network dynamics, James Moody
19. Threshold models of social influence, Duncan Watts and Peter Dodds
20. Time and scheduling, Christopher Winship
21. Homophily and the focused organization of ties, Scott Feld and Bernard Grofman
22. Status, Joel Podolny and Freda Lynn
23. Dominance hierarchies, Ivan Chase and W. Brent Lindquist
24. Conflict, Stathis Kalyvas
Part Four: Perspectives from Other Fields and Approaches
25. Game theory, Richard Breen
26. Experiments, Iris Bohnet
27. Surveys, Hannah Brueckner
28. Analytical ethnography, Diane Vaughan
29. Historical sociology, Karen Barkey

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