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The Logics of Social Structure : Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences - Kyriakos M. Kontopoulos

The Logics of Social Structure

Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

Hardcover Published: 25th June 1993
ISBN: 9780521417792
Number Of Pages: 494

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In this book, the author proposes a fundamental new approach to the study of one of the most central concepts in social analysis, that of social structure. He critiques the leading models and argues that each is inadequate to the task of explaining the complexity of structures that make up society and the processes by which these structures are formed and are interlinked. A new conceptualization of the processes of societal formation is then presented, drawing on recent developments in the physical, biological and cognitive sciences. This new conceptualization allows for the multiplicity of processes of structuration, which the author refers to as logics, some of which function at the individual or "micro" level, others of which function at the organizational or "meso" level, and still others of which function at the society-wide, or "macro" level. The author terms this new conceptualization a theory of heterarchy, and it is the first truly comprehensive theory of societal structuration.

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'Kontopoulos provides a wonderfully thorough and lucid platform from which to understand and interpret the many complex new developments in social theory.' Harrison White, Columbia University

Metatheoretical Considerations
Epistemic strategies in contemporary science
The dynamics of emergence: the case against reductionism
The nature of hierarchical and heterarchical organization
Some formal theses on hierarchy and heterarchy
Compositionist Logics
Methodological individualism
Constructionism/compositionism: elementary notions
Complex systems of interaction
Logics of Hierarchy
Hierarchy theory and postfunctional analysis
The hierarchical theory of social structure
Heterarchical Logics
Heterarchical thinking in social thought
Neural networks as a model of structure
The Phenomenology of Social Structures
Modalities and systems of interaction
Heterarchical levels of social structure
On structural totalities
In conclusion
Appendix: the logics of structuration: an inventory
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ISBN: 9780521417792
ISBN-10: 0521417791
Series: Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 494
Published: 25th June 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.89

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