The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology

Author: Peter Hedström
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191615234
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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 in clear 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 most prominent 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.

Anatomie des Sozialen Prinzipien der analytischen Soziologie

Author: Peter Hedström
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531153971
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Einer der weltweit führenden Soziologen, Peter Hedström, zeichnet die Grundlagen einer analytischen Soziologie nach. Er argumentiert für eine erklärende Soziologie, die Theorie und Empirie miteinander verbindet.

Transnational Activities and Immigrant Integration in Germany

Author: Reinhard Schunck
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3319039288
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This book investigates both the causes and effects of transnational activities among immigrants in relation to their integration into the receiving society. It uses large scale, representative data about first and second generation immigrants in Germany. It develops a formal theoretical model, which explains both transnational involvement and paths of immigrant integration. Important questions are answered: What consequences does transnational involvement have on integration? Is transnational involvement a distinct form of integration? Is it an alternative to assimilation? Does it hinder or facilitate assimilation? Longitudinal analyses are presented which show that immigrant integration and transnational involvement do not necessarily oppose each other. The book shows that although low levels of integration may coincide with strong transnational ties, the relationship is not causal. This book shows how immigrant integration and transnational involvement are related to each other and how a joint examination of both processes may advance our understanding of the general dynamics of migration and integration.

The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190452129
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Since sociologists returned to the study of culture in the past several decades, a pursuit all but anathema for a generation, cultural sociology has emerged as a vibrant field. Edited by three leading cultural sociologists, The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology presents the full theoretical and methodological vitality of this critically significant new area.The Handbook gathers together works by authors confronting the crucial choices all cultural sociologists face today: about analytic priorities, methods, topics, epistemologies, ideologies, and even modes of writing. It is a vital collection of preeminent thinkers studying the ways in which culture, society, politics, and economy interact in the world. Organized by empirical areas of study rather than particular theories or competing intellectual strands, the Handbook addresses power, politics, and states; economics and organization; mass media; social movements; religion; aesthetics; knowledge; and health. Allowing the reader to observe tensions as well as convergences, the collection displays the value of cultural sociology not as a niche discipline but as a way to view and understand the many facets of contemporary society. The first of its kind, The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology offers comprehensive and immediate access to the real developments and disagreements taking place in the field, and deftly exemplifies how cultural sociology provides a new way of seeing and modeling social facts. "This groundbreaking, readable handbook [is] the first single volume to attempt to unify its diverse contemporary applications in a wide range of traditional genres of sociology...Valuable for college universities and libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate degree programs in sociology and history."-CHOICE

Grundlagen der Netzwerkforschung

Author: Christian Stegbauer
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658126507
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Das Buch führt in die Netzwerkforschung ein, mehr noch möchte es aber als innovativer Forschungsbeitrag zur Untersuchung ihrer Grundlagen gesehen werden. Als Elemente sind beteiligt: Die soziale Situation, die angesichts meist weniger Beteiligter die Untersuchung von Mikronetzwerken nahelegt. Die Alltagskultur, die in Situationen entsteht, weil sie dort ausgehandelt und weitergegeben wird. Alltagskultur meint die Herausbildung und Verbreitung von Verhalten und den zugehörigen Weltsichten. Der sozialwissenschaftlichen Netzwerkforschung geht es um die Analyse und Interpretation von Beziehungsstrukturen. Das, was als Struktur bezeichnet wird, begrenzt und ermöglicht den Fluss von Informationen, sowie die Entwicklung von Identitäten und ihren Verhaltensweisen. Durch den Grundlagenblick wird es möglich, die Netzwerkforschung kritisch zu reflektieren. Dabei wird die Bedeutung der relationalen Sichtweise für das soziologische Verstehen herausgearbeitet. Die Aussagen stützen sich auf Experimente zu Weinproben und Kartenspielturnieren, auf Befragungen zu Markenwahlen und zum Wissen über Vorlieben im sozialen Umfeld, sowie auf Beobachtungen großer Festivitäten.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Author: John S. Dryzek
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199548439
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Oxford Handbooks of Political Science are the essential guide to the state of political science today. With engaging contributions from 51 major international scholars, the Oxford Handbook of Political Theory provides the key point of reference for anyone working in political theory and beyond.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

Author: Michael Jerryson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190270098
Format: PDF
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Violence has always played a part in the religious imagination, from symbols and myths to legendary battles, from colossal wars to the theater of terrorism. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence surveys intersections between religion and violence throughout history and around the world. The forty original essays in this volume include overviews of major religious traditions, showing how violence is justified within the literary and theological foundations of the tradition, how it is used symbolically and in ritual practice, and how social acts of violence and warfare have been justified by religious ideas. The essays also examine patterns and themes relating to religious violence, such as sacrifice and martyrdom, which are explored in cross-disciplinary or regional analyses; and offer major analytic approaches, from literary to social scientific studies. The contributors to this volume--innovative thinkers who are forging new directions in theory and analysis related to religion and violence--provide novel insights into this important field of studies. By mapping out the whole field of religion and violence, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence will prove an authoritative source for students and scholars for years to come.

The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

Author: Michael J. Loux
Publisher: Oxford Handbooks
ISBN: 9780199284221
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Some of the world's specialists provide in this handbook essays about what kinds of things there are, in what ways they exist, and how they relate to each other. They give the word on such topics as identity, modality, time, causation, persons and minds, freedom, and vagueness.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Author: Barry R. Weingast
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199272228
Format: PDF
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Over its lifetime, 'political economy' has had different meanings. This handbook views political economy as a synthesis of the various strands of social science, treating it as the methodology of economics applied to the analysis of political behaviour and institutions.