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Social Mechanisms

Social Mechanisms
An Analytical Approach to Social Theory

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Part of Studies in Rationality and Social Change

Peter Hedström, Richard Swedberg, Thomas C. Schelling, Jon Elster, Gudmund Hernes, Diego Gambetta, Tyler Cowen, Timur Kuran, Raymond Boudon, Axel van den Berg, Aage B. Sørensen, Arthur L. Stinchcombe
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  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521596879

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  • The mechanism approach calls attention to an intermediary level of analysis, in between pure description and story-telling, on the one hand, and grand theorizing and universal social laws, on the other. These essays, written by prominent social scientists, advance criticisms of current trends in social theory and suggest alternative approaches. For social theory to be of use for the working social scientist, it must attain a high level of precision and provide a toolbox from which middle range theories can be constructed.

    • Was the first book devoted to social mechanisms, an important topic
    • Contributors are all prominent social scientists
    • Innovative book advancing alternative approach to social theory
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    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521596879
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of contributors
    1. Social mechanisms: an introductory essay Peter Hedström and Richard Swedberg
    2. Social mechanisms and social dynamics Thomas C. Schelling
    3. A plea for mechanisms Jon Elster
    4. Real virtuality Gudmund Hernes
    5. Concatenations of mechanisms Diego Gambetta
    6. Do economists use social mechanisms to explain? Tyler Cowen
    7. Social mechanisms of dissonance reduction Timur Kuran
    8. Social mechanisms without black boxes Raymond Boudon
    9. Is sociological theory too grand for social mechanisms? Axel van den Berg
    10. Theoretical mechanisms and the empirical study of social processes Aage B. Sørensen
    11. Monopolistic competition as a mechanism: corporations, universities, and nation-states in competitive fields Arthur L. Stinchcombe
    12. Rational imitation Peter Hedström
    Indexes.

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    Peter Hedström, Stockholms Universitet

    Richard Swedberg, Stockholms Universitet

    Contributors

    Peter Hedström, Richard Swedberg, Thomas C. Schelling, Jon Elster, Gudmund Hernes, Diego Gambetta, Tyler Cowen, Timur Kuran, Raymond Boudon, Axel van den Berg, Aage B. Sørensen, Arthur L. Stinchcombe

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