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

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SAGE, Jun 12, 1997 - Social Science - 328 pages
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Chaos theory has firmly established itself in many of the physical sciences, such as geology and fluid dynamics. This edited volume helps locate this revolutionary theory in sociology as well as the other social sciences. Doors previously closed to social scientists may be opened by this dynamic theory, which attempts to capture movement and change in exciting new ways. Editors Raymond A. Eve, Sara Horsfall, and Mary Lee, with guidance from Editorial Advisor Frederick Turner, provide a timely and well-chosen collection of articles, which first examines the emerging myths and theories surrounding the study of chaos and complexity. In the volumeĈs second part, methodological matters are considered. Finally, conceptual models and applications are presented. "Postmodern science" has provided and refined conceptual tools that have special value for the social sciences. This perceptive and thorough volume will be useful to sociologists and other social scientists 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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