Analytical Sociology

Peter Hedström, Petri Kullervo Ylikoski

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The core idea of analytical sociology is the importance of mechanism-based understanding of social processes. Sociological theories should provide clear and precise accounts of the social mechanisms by which the intentional activities of social agents bring about social phenomena. Theories about social mechanisms can be characterized as theories of middle range as they provide clear, precise, and simple explanations for specified aspects of range of different phenomena, without pretense of being able to explain all social phenomena. Intentional action plays an important role in social mechanisms, but the analytical sociology perspective suggests that our account of human agency should be based on findings and theories of psychological and cognitive sciences rather than on some preconceived ideas about human motivation or cognitive pro- cessing. Much of the development of mechanism-based knowledge consists of developing how-possibly explanation schemes. Agent-based computer simulations can be very useful for this kind of endeavor.
Originalspråkengelska
Titel på gästpublikationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Antal sidor6
Volym1
UtgivningsortOxford
FörlagElsevier Scientific Publ. Co
Utgivningsdatum2015
Utgåva2
Sidor668-673
ISBN (tryckt)9780080970868
StatusPublicerad - 2015
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

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  • 5141 Sociologi

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Hedström, P., & Ylikoski, P. K. (2015). Analytical Sociology. I International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2 red., Vol. 1, s. 668-673). Oxford: Elsevier Scientific Publ. Co.
Hedström, Peter ; Ylikoski, Petri Kullervo. / Analytical Sociology. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 1 2. red. Oxford : Elsevier Scientific Publ. Co, 2015. s. 668-673
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