Micro-Macro Links and Microfoundations in SociologyISBN10: 0415698979
Title: Micro-Macro Links and Microfoundations in Sociology
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
Size ePub: 1330 kb
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Pages: 248 pages
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Micro-Macro Links and Microfoundations in Sociology
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Micro-Macro Links and Microfoundations in Sociology focuses on two main issues in sociology. Firstly, how macro-conditions can explain macro-outcomes mediated by actor behaviour at the micro-level (micro-macro links). Secondly, how alternative micro-models affect macro-outcomes (microfoundations). The contributions reflect key features of micro-macro modelling in sociology as well as recent progress in this field. The chapters address core features of explanations of social phenomena using micro-macro models, the problem of cooperation, heterogeneity of actors, structural balance, opinion formation, segregation, and problems of micro-macro models that are based on rational choice assumptions. Moreover, the contributions show how different research methods can be applied fruitfully, such as laboratory experiments, equilibrium analysis, and agent-based modelling.
As a result, the book can be a guide for graduate students who want to develop their skills in building micro-macro models. In addition, the book provides specialists of the different substantive research areas with up-to-date new developments in their research area.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Mathematical Sociology.