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Social Mechanisms : An Analytical Approach to Social Theory - Peter Hedstrom

Social Mechanisms

An Analytical Approach to Social Theory

By: Peter Hedstrom (Editor), Richard Swedberg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th June 1998
ISBN: 9780521596879
Number Of Pages: 356

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The mechanism approach calls attention to an intermediary level of analysis, in between pure description and story-telling, on the one hand, and grand theorizing and universal social laws, on the other. These essays, written by prominent social scientists, advance criticisms of current trends in social theory and suggest alternative approaches. For social theory to be of use for the working social scientist, it must attain a high level of precision and provide a toolbox from which middle range theories can be constructed.

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 explainï½
Social mechanisms of dissonance reduction
Social mechanisms without black boxes
Is sociological theory too grand for social mechanismsï½
Theoretical mechanisms and the empirical study of social processes
Monopolistic competition as a mechanism: corporations, universities, and nation-states in competitive fields
Rational imitation
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ISBN: 9780521596879
ISBN-10: 0521596874
Series: Studies in Rationality and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 8th June 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.15  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.41

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