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Chaos of Disciplines - Andrew Abbott

Chaos of Disciplines

Paperback Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9780226001012
Number Of Pages: 276

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In this vital new study, Andrew Abbott presents a fresh and daring analysis of the evolution and development of the social sciences. "Chaos of Disciplines" reconsiders how knowledge actually changes and advances. Challenging the accepted belief that social sciences are in a perpetual state of progress, Abbott contends that disciplines instead cycle around an inevitable pattern of core principles. New schools of thought, then, are less a reaction to an established order than they are a reinvention of fundamental concepts.
"Chaos of Disciplines" uses fractals to explain the patterns of disciplines, and then applies them to key debates that surround the social sciences. Abbott argues that knowledge in different disciplines is organized by common oppositions that function at any level of theoretical or methodological scale. Opposing perspectives of thought and method, then, in fields ranging from history, sociology, and literature, are to the contrary, radically similar; much like fractals, they are each mutual reflections of their own distinctions.

Self-Similarity in Social Science
The Chaos of Disciplines
The Duality of Stress
The Fraction of Construction
A History of "Social Construction" to 1990
The Unity of History
The Context of Disciplines
Two Essays on Self-Similarity
Self-Similar Social Structures
Fractal Scales
The Selfishness of Men
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ISBN: 9780226001012
ISBN-10: 0226001016
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition

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