Social Mechanisms An Analytical Approach to Social Theory

ISBN-10: 0521596874
ISBN-13: 9780521596879
Edition: 1998
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Description: Prominent social scientists advance criticisms of current trends in social theory and suggest alternative approaches. The mechanism approach calls attention to a level of analysis in between pure description and universal social laws.

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/13/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Prominent social scientists advance criticisms of current trends in social theory and suggest alternative approaches. The mechanism approach calls attention to a level of analysis in between pure description and universal social laws.

Jon Elster is Professor of Rationalit� et sciences sociales at College de France, and Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is author of Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective .

Peter Hedstr�m is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He has published numerous articles in leading academic journals and is co-author of Social Mechanisms (CUP 1998) with R. Swedberg.

Acknowledgements
List of contributors
Social mechanisms: an introductory essay
Social mechanisms and social dynamics
A plea for mechanisms
Real virtuality
Concatenations of mechanisms
Do economists use social mechanisms to explain�
Social mechanisms of dissonance reduction
Social mechanisms without black boxes
Is sociological theory too grand for social mechanisms�
Theoretical mechanisms and the empirical study of social processes
Monopolistic competition as a mechanism: corporations, universities, and nation-states in competitive fields
Rational imitation
Indexes

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