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Processual Sociology

Author: Andrew Delano Abbott
Publisher: Chicago University of Chicago Press 2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the past twenty years, noted sociologist Andrew Abbott has been developing what he calls a processual ontology for social life. In this view, the social world is constantly changing-making, remaking, and unmaking itself, instant by instant. He argues that even the units of the social world-both individuals and entities-must be explained by these series of events rather than as enduring objects, fixed in time.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Delano Abbott
ISBN: 9780226336596 022633659X 9780226336626 022633662X 9780226336596
OCLC Number: 1015236087
Notes: IMD-Felder maschinell generiert
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xvi, 311 Seiten)
Contents: Preface --
Part 1 --
Chapter 1. The Historicality of Individuals --
Chapter 2. Human Nature in Processual Thinking --
Chapter 3. Linked Ecologies --
Part 2 --
Chapter 4. Lyrical Sociology --
Chapter 5. The Problem of Excess --
Part 3 --
Chapter 6. The Idea of Outcome --
Chapter 7. Social Order and Process --
Part 4 --
Chapter 8. Inequality as Process --
Chapter 9. Professionalism Empirical and Moral --
Epilogue --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Andre Abbott

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For the past twenty years, noted sociologist Andrew Abbott has been developing what he calls a processual ontology for social life. In this view, the social world is constantly changing-making, remaking, and unmaking itself, instant by instant. He argues that even the units of the social world-both individuals and entities-must be explained by these series of events rather than as enduring objects, fixed in time. This radical concept, which lies at the heart of the Chicago School of Sociology, provides a means for the disciplines of history and sociology to interact with and reflect on each other. In Processual Sociology, Abbott first examines the endurance of individuals and social groups through time and then goes on to consider the question of what this means for human nature. He looks at different approaches to the passing of social time and determination, all while examining the goal of social existence, weighing the concepts of individual outcome and social order. Abbott concludes by discussing core difficulties of the practice of social science as a moral activity, arguing that it is inescapably moral and therefore we must develop normative theories more sophisticated than our current naively political normativism. Ranging broadly across disciplines and methodologies, Processual Sociology breaks new ground in its search for conceptual foundations of a rigorously processual account of social life.

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