9781137379917

Applying Relational Sociology Relations, Networks, and Society

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    9781137379917

  • ISBN10:

    113737991X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

From networks to fields to figurations to discourses, relational ideas have become common in social science, and a distinct relational sociology has emerged over the past decade and a half. But so far, this paradigm shift has raised as many questions as it answers. Just what are 'relations', precisely? How do we observe and measure them? How does relational thinking change what we already know about society? What new questions does it invite us to ask? This volume and its companion volume Conceptualizing Relational Sociology: Ontological and Theoretical Issues bring together, for the first time, the leading experts and up-and-coming scholars in the field to address fundamental questions about what relational sociology is and how it works.

Author Biography

Christopher Powell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Francois Depelteau is Associate Professor at Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

1. Power from Switching Across Netdoms through Reflexive and Indexical Language; Jorge Fontdevila and Harrison C. White
2. Social Relationships between Communication, Network Structure, and Culture; Jan Fuhse
3. Turning points are the rule rather than the exception: perspective on the different forms of uncertainty; Frédéric C. Godart, Harrison C. White, and Matthias Thiemann
4. Advancing Sociology Through a Focus on Relational Processes; Debbie Kasper
5. Survival units as the point of departure for a relational sociology; Lars Bo Kasperson
6. Human Transaction Mechanisms in Evolutionary Niches—a Methodological Relationalist Standpoint; Osmo Kivinen and
Tero Piiroinen
7. Objects, Agency and Relational Sociology; Craig McFarlane
8. Connecting Network Methods to Social Science Research: How To Parsimoniously Use Dyadic Measures as Independent Variables; Heather Price
9. Spatial Relationality and the Fallacies of Methodological Nationalism: Theorizing Urban Space and Binational Sociality in Jewish-Arab 'Mixed Towns'; Daniel Monterescu
10. Conclusion; Mustafa Emirbayer

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