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Jonathan H. Turner

In: The SAGE Handbook of Sociology

Chapter 24: A New Approach for Theoretically Integrating Micro and Macro Analysis

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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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