Conceptualizing Relational Sociology Ontological and Theoretical Issues

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  • Copyright: 2013-12-11
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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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 Applying Relational Sociology: Networks, Relations, and Society 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, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba, Canada.
François Depelteau, Associate Professor, Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction; François Dépelteau and Christopher Powell
1. Collective Reflexivity: A Relational Case for it; Margaret Archer
2. Interactions and Juxtapositions: Conceptualizing 'Relations' in Relational Sociology; Nick Crossley
3. From interactions between structures and actors to social transactions; François Dépelteau
4. Relational Sociology: A Paradigm from a Critical Realist Standpoint; Pierpaolo Donati
5. Radical Relationism; Christopher Powell
6. Relational Sociology and Historical Materialism: Three Conversation Starters; Ken Fish
7. Bourdieu's Relational Method in Theory and Practice; John W. Mohr
8. Feminist Preludes to Relational Sociology; Sarah Redshaw
9. Critical Strategies for Implementing a Relational Sociological Paradigm: Elias, Bourdieu, and Uncivilized Sociological Theoretical Struggles; Christopher Thorpe
10. Norbert Elias on Relations: Insights and Perspectives; Charalambos Tsekeris
11. Power from Switching Across Netdoms through Reflexive and Indexical Language; Jorge Fontdevila and Harrison C. White
12. Social Relationships between Communication, Network Structure, and Culture; Jan Fuhse
13. Turning points are the rule rather than the exception: perspective on the different forms of uncertainty; Harrison C. White, Frédéric C. Godart, and Matthias Thiemann
14. Advancing Sociology Through a Focus on Relational Processes; Debbie Kasper
15. Survival units as the point of departure for a relational sociology; Lars Bo Kasperson
16. Human Transaction Mechanisms in Evolutionary Niches—a Methodological Relationalist Standpoint; Osmo Kivinen and Tero Piiroinen
17. Objects, Agency and Relational Sociology; Craig McFarlane
18. Connecting Network Methods to Social Science Research: How To Parsimoniously Use Dyadic Measures as Independent Variables; Heather Price
Relational Sociology, Social Psychology, and Social Neuroscience; Stephen Quilley
Conclusion; Mustafa Emirbayer

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