Chaos, Complexity, and Sociology: Myths, Models, and Theories

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SAGE, Jun 12, 1997 - Social Science - 328 pages
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The authors of this volume provide a timely collection of articles which examine the emerging myths and theories surrounding the study of chaos and complexity. In the second part methodological matters are considered. Finally, conceptual models and applications are presented. This perceptive and thorough volume will be useful to sociologists and others interested in chaos and complexity theory.
 

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Contents

Myths aid Theories
3
Toward Nonmodern
15
The Persistence of Emergence
30
Necessary Myths
39
Nonlinear Dynamics and the MicroMacro Bridge
52
A System
79
Sociological Application of
91
Social Deterministic Systems
102
Dynamics of Childrens Friendships
163
ShortTerm Changes in the Domestic Division
182
A Cellular
215
Adolescent Childhearing
243
So Where Are We Now? A Final Word
269
References
281
Name Index
301
Subject Index
308

Implications for Research Designs
125
An Emergent Perspective
141
Chaos and Pattern in Complex Systems
153
About the Contributors
322
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