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Analytical sociology and social mechanisms / edited by Pierre Demeulenaere
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
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Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HM585 .A526 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Sociology
Sociology -- Methodology
Social systems
Physical Description ix, 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Ordinary rationality: the core of analytical sociology / Raymond Boudon -- Indeterminacy of emotional mechanisms / Jon Elster -- A naturalistic ontology for mechanistic explanations in the social sciences / Dan Sperber -- Conversation as mechanism: emergence in creative groups / Keith Sawyer -- Generative process model building / Thomas J. Fararo -- Singular mechanisms and Bayesian narratives / Peter Abell -- The logic of mechanismic explanations in the social sciences / Michael Schmid -- Social mechanisms and explanatory relevance / Petri Ylikoski -- Causal regularities, action and explanation / Pierre Demeulenaere -- Youth unemployment: a self-reinforcing process? / Yvonne Åberg and Peter Hedström -- Neighborhood effects, causal mechanisms, and the social structure of the city / Robert J. Sampson -- Social mechanisms and generative explanations: computational models with double agents / Michael W. Macy with Damon Centola ... [et al.] Relative deprivation in Silico: agent-based models and causality in analytical sociology / Gianluca Manzo
Summary "Mechanisms are very much a part of social life. For example, we can see that inequality has tended to increase over time and that cities can become segregated. But how do such mechanisms work? Analytical sociology is an influential approach to sociology which holds that explanations of social phenomena should focus on the social mechanisms that bring them about. This book evaluates the major features of this approach, focusing on the significance of the notion of mechanism. Leading scholars seek to answer a number of questions in order to explore all the relevant dimensions of mechanism-based explanations in social sciences. How do social mechanisms link together individual actions and social environments? What is the role of multi-agent modelling in the conceptualization of mechanisms? Does the notion of mechanism solve the problem of relevance in social sciences explanations?"-- Provided by publisher
Alternate Author Demeulenaere, Pierre

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