Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences The state of the Art

ISBN-10: 0415693683
ISBN-13: 9780415693684
Edition: 2014
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 8/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

David Byrne is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Durham. His recent publications include Applying Social Science (Policy Press, 2011) and Social Exclusion (Routledge, 2008).Gillian Callaghan is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Durham. Her research interests focus around the use of complex realism as a basis to develop the coherence of the relationship between theory, methods and empirical research. Her work has been published in journals such as Sociological Research Online and Critical Social Policy .

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Framing the issues
Understanding the complex
Restricted complexity and general complexity: an outline of the arguments
Complexity theory and the philosophy of social science
Complexity theory meets social theory
Introduction
Evolutionary social theory
Structure and agency
Time and place
Complexity theory: methodology and methods
Complexity and methodology: exploring trajectories through narratives
Hunting causes in a complex world
Researching the complex social
Complexity in action
Complexity in disciplines and fields
Opening the social sciences: the post-disciplinary implications of the complexity frame of reference
Conclusion - Complexity and the social sciences: the way forward
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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