Chaos, Complexity, and Sociology: Myths, Models, and Theories
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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Myths aid Theories
The Persistence of Emergence
Nonlinear Dynamics and the MicroMacro Bridge
Sociological Application of
Social Deterministic Systems
Implications for Research Designs
An Emergent Perspective
Chaos and Pattern in Complex Systems
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