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Dissecting the Social

Dissecting the Social
On the Principles of Analytical Sociology


  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796675


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  • Building on his earlier influential contributions to contemporary debates on social theory, Peter Hedstrom argues for a systematic development of sociological theory so that it has the explanatory power and precision to inform sociological research and understanding--qualities lacking in much of the grand social theorizing currently fashionable.

    • Represents an approach to the explanation of social phenomena
    • Discusses a range of issues of fundamental importance for the social sciences
    • Combines approaches to theory and methodology and uses extensive examples to illustrate how to apply them
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    "Dissecting the Social is a substantial and important contribution to the emerging paradigm of mechanism-based explanation." -Andreas Pickel, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

    "This an enjoyable and important addition to the meager library of serious philosophy of social science. It gives pleasure to read because it is clearly conceived and elegantly written, and is chock full of examples of current research. And Hedström's book is important because it emphasizes the thesis that to explain facts of a type is to exhibit or hypothesize the mechanisms that brings them about." -Mario Bunge, Philosophy of the Social Sciences

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796675
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The analytical tradition in sociology
    2. Social mechanisms and explanatory theory
    3. Action and interaction
    4. Social interaction and social change
    5. On causal modelling
    6. Quantitative research, agent-based modelling, and theories of the social (with Yvonne Åberg)
    7. Coda

  • Author

    Peter Hedstrom, University of Oxford
    Peter Hedström is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He has published numerous articles in leading academic journals and is co-author of Social Mechanisms (CUP 1998) with R. Swedberg.

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