9780691137148

Identity and Control : How Social Formations Emerge

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  • ISBN13:

    9780691137148

  • ISBN10:

    0691137145

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-12
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

In this completely revised edition of one of the foundational texts of network sociology, Harrison White refines and enlarges his groundbreaking theory of how social structure and culture emerge from the chaos and uncertainty of social life. Incorporating new contributions from a group of young sociologists and many fascinating and novel case studies, Identity and Control is the only major book of social theory that links social structure with the lived experience of individuals, providing a rich perspective on the kinds of social formations that develop in the process. Going beyond traditional sociological dichotomies such as agency/structure, individual/society, or micro/macro,Identity and Controlpresents a toolbox of concepts that will be useful to a wide range of social scientists, as well as those working in public policy, management, or associational life and, beyond, to any reader who is interested in understanding the dynamics of social life.

Table of Contents

Detailed Contentsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prologue: Preview of Themesp. xvii
Identities Seek Controlp. 1
Networks and Storiesp. 20
Three Disciplinesp. 63
Stylesp. 112
Institutions and Rhetoricsp. 171
Regimes of Controlp. 220
Getting Actionp. 279
Overview and Contextsp. 334
Referencesp. 377
Indexp. 419
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