Individualism: Theories and Methods

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorPierre Birnbaum, Jean LecaTranslated byJohn Gaffney

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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 ofstudy 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 classicalapproach 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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Individualism brings together essays by eminent social scientists from several countries.

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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 ofstudy and as a methodology in itself. Individ...

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Individualism brings together essays by eminent social scientists from several countries.

Pierre Birnbaum is at University of Paris. Jean Leca is at Institute of Political Studies, Paris.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198273240

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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 thebanal 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