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Analytical sociology and rational choice theory
Institute for Future Studies, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1102-4342
Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5237-9695
2014 (English)In: Analytical Sociology: Actions and Networks / [ed] G. Manzo, John Wiley & Sons, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Analytical sociology shares an historical lineage with the sociological rational‐choice tradition. However, there are fundamental differences as well. The chapter articulates these differences so that the relation between analytical sociology and rational‐choice sociology becomes clearer. It begins by examining what people mean when they talk about rational‐choice theory (RCT), especially in the context of sociology. Then, the basic ideas of analytical sociology are presented. The chapter concludes with some more general reflections about the nature of analytical sociology and the future of rational‐choice sociology, and an itemized summary of the most crucial differences between analytical sociology and rational‐choice theory. There are good reasons to reconsider meta‐theory that motivates sociological RCT (SRCT), and this is precisely what analytical sociology attempts to do.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-142301DOI: 10.1002/9781118762707.ch02Libris ID: 14850105ISBN: 9781119940388 (print)ISBN: 9781118762707 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-142301DiVA, id: diva2:1152526
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondEU, European Research CouncilAvailable from: 2017-10-25 Created: 2017-10-25 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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