Analytical Sociology and Social Mechanisms (Hardback)
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Analytical Sociology and Social Mechanisms (Hardback)

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Hardback 330 Pages / Published: 24/03/2011
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Mechanisms are very much a part of social life. For example, we can see that inequality has tended to increase over time, and that cities can become segregated. But how do such mechanisms work? Analytical sociology is an influential approach to sociology which holds that explanations of social phenomena should focus on the social mechanisms that bring them about. This book evaluates the major features of this approach, focusing on the significance of the notion of mechanism. Leading scholars seek to answer a number of questions in order to explore all the relevant dimensions of mechanism-based explanations in social sciences. How do social mechanisms link together individual actions and social environments? What is the role of multi-agent modelling in the conceptualization of mechanisms? Does the notion of mechanism solve the problem of relevance in social sciences explanations?

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521190473
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Demeulenaere`s volume is the most important contribution in the discussion on social mechanisms and merits the attention of all social scientists working on the subject.' C. Mantzavinos, Professor of Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Athens
'This volume of essays elegantly demonstrates that analytical sociology is - simply - good sociology.' Peter Bearman, Cole Professor of the Social Sciences, Columbia University

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