The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology

Paperback | February 6, 2011

EditorPeter Hedstrom, Peter Bearman

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Analytical sociology is a strategy for understanding the social world. It is concerned with explaining important social facts such as network structures, patterns of residential segregation, typical beliefs, cultural tastes, and common ways of acting. It explains such facts by detailing inclear and precise ways the mechanisms through which the social facts were brought about. Making sense of the relationship between micro and macro thus is one of the central concerns of analytical sociology. The approach is a contemporary incarnation of Robert K. Merton's notion of middle-range theory and presents a vision of sociological theory as a tool-box of semi-general theories each of which is adequate for explaining certain types of phenomena. The Handbook brings together some of the mostprominent sociologists in the world. Some of the chapters focus on action and interaction as the cogs and wheels of social processes, while others consider the dynamic social processes that these actions and interactions bring about.

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Analytical sociology is a strategy for understanding the social world. It is concerned with explaining important social facts such as network structures, patterns of residential segregation, typical beliefs, cultural tastes, and common ways of acting. It explains such facts by detailing inclear and precise ways the mechanisms through w...

Peter Hedstrom is a Professor of Sociology, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University, and Official Fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University. His area of specialization is analytical sociology. He has a special interest in the analysis of complex social networks, particularly analyses seeking to e...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:794 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:February 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foundations1. Peter Hedstrom and Peter Bearman: What is analytical sociology all about? An introductory essay by Peter Hedstrom2. Peter Hedstrom and Lars Udehn: Analytical sociology and theories of the middle rangeSocial Cogs and Wheels3. Jon Elster: Emotions4. Jens Rydgren: Beliefs5. Jeremy Freese: Preferences6. Trond Petersen: Opportunities7. Dan Goldstein: Heuristics8. Diego Gambetta: Signaling9. Jon Elster: Norms10. Karen Cook and Alexandra Gerbasi: TrustSocial Dynamics11. Michael Macy and Andreas Flache: Social dynamics from the bottom up: Agent-based models of social interaction12. Elizabeth Bruch and Robert Mare: Segregation dynamics13. Michael Biggs: Self fulfilling processes14. Matthew Salganik and Duncan Watts: Social influence: The puzzling nature of success in cultural markets15. Yvonne Aberg: The Contagiousness of Divorce16. Katherine Stovel and Christine Fountain: Matching17. Delia Baldassarri: Collective action18. Meredith Rolfe: Conditional choice19. James Moody: Network dynamics20. Duncan Watts and Peter Dodds: Threshold models of social influence21. Christopher Winship: Time and scheduling22. Scott Feld and Bernard Grofman: Homophily and the focused organization of ties23. Joel Podolny and Freda Lynn: Status24. Ivan Chase and W. Brent Lindquist: Dominance hierarchies25. Stathis Kalyvas: ConflictPerspectives from other fields and approaches26. Richard Breen: Game theory27. Iris Bohnet: Experiments28. Hannah Brueckner: Surveys29. Diane Vaughan: Analytical ethnography30. Karen Barkey: Historical sociology

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"This formidable volume puts on display an impressive array of leading scholars, each grappling with key substantive and methodological topics in contemporary sociology. The chapters provide both a masterful summary of existing research and a valuable roadmap for future investigation." --Donald Green, A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University.