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Individualism : Theories and Methods - Pierre Birnbaum


Theories and Methods

By: Pierre Birnbaum (Editor), Jean Leca (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th October 1990
ISBN: 9780198273240
Number Of Pages: 360

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In recent years the ability of holistic social theories to account for the rights, duties, even the reality, of the individual have been called into question more and more. At the same time, interest in individualism in a whole variety of forms has been gaining ground, both as an object of study and as a methodology in itself. Individualism brings together essays by eminent social scientists from many countries. They discuss the question of individualism from a historical, methodological, hermeneutical, political, and sociological point of view and try to reconcile methodological individualism with the classical approach of sociological theory, based on collective identity. The contributors are: Bertrand Badie, Pierre Birnbaum, Raymond Boudon, Francois Chazel, Jon Elster, Ernest Gellner, Guy Hermet, Georges Lavau, Jean Leca, Alessandro Pizzorno, Adam Przeworski, and Charles Tilly.

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'Full of felicities and good argument, Birnbaum and Leca have provided a timely and important volume, exposing old as well as new weaknesses in methodological individualism, while offering many examples of alternative approaches and applications that are in danger of being subsumed by the banal orthodoxy of rational choice theory. It will be instructive to students and a resource to scholars.' Ian Forbes, University of Southampton, Political Studies (1992) XL

List of Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
What is Methodological Individualism?p. 15
The Gaffe-Avoiding Animal or a Bundle of Hypothesesp. 17
Individualism and Holism in the Social Sciencesp. 33
Marxism and Methodological Individualismp. 46
Marxism and Rational Choicep. 62
The Historical Conditions of Sociological Individualismp. 93
Community, Individualism, and Culturep. 95
The Citizen-Individual in Western Christianityp. 116
Individualism and Citizenshipp. 141
Individualism and Collective Actionp. 191
Individual Mobilization and Collective Actionp. 193
Individualism, Mobilization, and Collective Actionp. 216
Individual Action, Collective Action and Workers' Strategyp. 239
Individualism and Democracyp. 267
Is the Voter an Individualist?p. 269
On the Rationality of Democratic Choicep. 295
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780198273240
ISBN-10: 019827324X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 25th October 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.6