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Models and Interpretations : Selected Essays - J. A. Barnes

Models and Interpretations

Selected Essays

Hardcover Published: 4th November 2014
ISBN: 9780521366533
Number Of Pages: 282

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John Barnes's collection of essays, published over the last forty years, covers a variety of topics in sociology and anthropology, including lineage systems, social networks, colonialism, underlying assumptions of social science, and the significance of time in social analysis. Together they identify the author's particular view of social science: he is primarily interested in 'what really happens'. Rather than revamp articles written with a distinctive set of assumptions to bring them into line with current intellectual fashion, Professor Barnes has chosen to let them stand as they are, products of identifiable theoretical stance and modes of exposition. But introductory notes to each chapter set out the context in which the piece was originally written and draw attention to later publications and events that bear on it. A new introduction discusses in detail the author's view of social science as the construction of models rather than a search for social laws, while the final chapter presents a model of the modelling process itself.

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"Barnes's collection is rich and wise and can give proportion to current debate." Aidan W. Southall, Ethnohistory

Introduction: social science in practice
Models Of The Real Social World
Genetrix: genitor: nature: culture?(1973g)
African models in the New Guinea highlands (1962a)
Agnatic taxonomies and stochastic variation (1971n)
Class and committees in a Norwegian island parish (1954a)
The righthand and lefthand kingdoms of God: a dilemma of Pietist politics (1971k)
Indigenous politics and colonial administration, with special reference to Australia (1960a)
The perception of history in a plural society: a study of an Ngoni group in Northern Rhodesia (1951c)
Models of Social Science
Feedback and real time in social inquiry (1967b)
Time flies like an arrow (1971f)
Kinship studies: some impressions of the current state of play (1980c)
Sociology in Cambridge: an inaugural lecture (1970m)
Social science in India: colonial import, indigenous product or universal truth? (1982c)
A Model of Modelling
Modelling: for real or for fun? (1983b)
Postscript: structural amnesia (1947: 52-3)
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ISBN: 9780521366533
ISBN-10: 0521366534
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 4th November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59