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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

A New Approach for Theoretically Integrating Micro and Macro Analysis
A new approach for theoretically integrating micro and macro analysis

One of the most contentious issues in sociology is over the question of how to integrate micro and macro levels of analysis. At the empirical level, it is rather easy to make micro-macro connections. For example, traditional survey research almost always does so when it regresses measures of behavior and psychological states (the micro) against background variables like a socio-economic status (SES) index (the macro). Of course, even here the linkage is more illusionary than real since the macro variable is really an aggregation of individual responses to questionnaires rather than a measure of the actual properties of social structure; and the behavioral or psychological measure ...

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