Handbook of sociological science : contributions to rigorous sociology
GËRXHANI, Klarita ; DE GRAAF, Nan Dirk; RAUB, Werner (editor/s)
Cheltenham ; Northampton : Edward Elgar, 2022, Research Handbooks in Sociology series
GËRXHANI, Klarita, DE GRAAF, Nan Dirk, RAUB, Werner (editor/s), Handbook of sociological science : contributions to rigorous sociology, Cheltenham ; Northampton : Edward Elgar, 2022, Research Handbooks in Sociology series - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/74618
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The Handbook of Sociological Science offers a refreshing, integrated perspective on research programs and ongoing developments in sociological science. It highlights key shared theoretical and methodological features, thereby contributing to progress and cumulative growth of sociological knowledge. Reflecting ‘unity in diversity’, chapters explore a wide variety of research fields, ranging from cultural capital, migration, social networks, gender inequality, historical sociology and ethnography to the intersection of sociology and the life sciences. Examining basic methodological standards for theory construction and empirical research, the Handbook exemplifies commonalities between research programmes within these fields. The contributors also explore rigorous sociology related to theory construction, empirical research, and methods, including statistical modelling and the integration of theoretical and empirical research. Forward-thinking and original, the Handbook concludes by illustrating the common core of rigorous sociology, how it can contribute to understanding societal problems and to policy making, and how research into sociological science can continue to thrive in the future. Accessible and engaging, this Handbook will be invaluable for scholars and researchers of sociology and sociological theory, research methods in sociology and social policy, and comparative social policy. Exploring new developments and applications, it will also act as a useful reference guide for policy makers. The Handbook will likewise be an important resource for teaching advanced courses and training graduate students.
Table of Contents:
INTRODUCTION 1. Rigorous sociology 2, Werner Raub, Nan Dirk de Graaf, and Klarita Gërxhani PART I RESEARCH PROGRAMS 2. Order from chaos: sociology as a population science 21, Michelle Jackson 3. Analytical sociology 38, Gianluca Manzo 4. Computational approaches in rigorous sociology: agent-based computational, modeling and computational social science 57, Andreas Flache, Michael Mäs, and Marijn A. Keijzer 5. Stochastic network modeling as generative social science 73, Christian E.G. Steglich and Tom A.B. Snijders 6. Rational choice sociology: heuristic potential, applications, and limitations 100, Andreas Diekmann PART II NEW AND ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS IN SELECTED FIELDS 7. Cultural capital and educational inequality: an assessment of the state of the art 121, Mads Meier Jæger 8. Integration in migration societies 135, Frank Kalter 9. Social networks: effects and formation 154, Vincent Buskens, Rense Corten, and Werner Raub 10. Gender inequality, households, and work 176, Eva Jaspers, Tanja van der Lippe, and Marie Evertsson 11. Validation strategies in historical sociology (and beyond) 196, Ivan Ermakoff 12. Rigorous ethnography 215, Federico Varese 13. Evolution, biology, and society 232, Rosemary L. Hopcroft, Joseph Dippong, Hexuan Liu, and Rachel Kail 14. Sociogenomics: theoretical and empirical challenges of integrating molecular genetics into sociological thinking 250, Melinda C. Mills PART III METHODS 15. Causal inference with observational data 272, Richard Breen 16. Longitudinal designs and models for causal inference 287, Markus Gangl 17. Experimental sociology 309, Klarita Gërxhani and Luis Miller PART IV RIGOROUS SOCIOLOGY IN ACTION: SHOWCASES 18. Explaining educational differentials: towards a formal rational action theory 325, Richard Breen and John H. Goldthorpe 19. ‘Explaining educational differentials’ revisited: an evaluation of rigorous theoretical foundations and empirical findings 356, Rolf Becker 20. Structural holes and good ideas 372, Ronald S. Burt 21. Network mechanisms in innovation: borrowing and sparking ideas around structural holes 423, Balazs Vedres 22. Experimental study of inequality and unpredictability in an artificial cultural market 443, Matthew J. Salganik, Peter Sheridan Dodds, and Duncan J. Watts 23. Self-correcting dynamics in social influence processes 446, Arnout van de Rijt PART V FURTHER PERSPECTIVES 24. The climate crisis: what sociology can contribute 475, Dingeman Wiertz and Nan Dirk de Graaf 25. Roots of sociology as a science: some history of ideas 493, Thomas Voss 26. How to increase reproducibility and credibility of sociological research 512, Katrin Auspurg and Josef Brüderl -- Index 528
22 of the 26 chapters are Open Access; Published: 10 Jun 2022
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/74618
Full-text via DOI: 10.4337/9781789909432
ISBN: 9781789909425; 9781789909432
Publisher: Edward Elgar
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