## An Introduction to Models in the Social SciencesWhat is a model? How do you construct one? What are some common models in the social sciences? How can models be applied in new situations? What makes a model good? Focusing on answers to these and related questions, this multidisciplinary introduction to model building in the social sciences formulates interesting problems that involve students in creative model building and the process of invention. The book describes models of individual choice, exchange, adaptation, and diffusion. Throughout, student participation in analytical thinking is encouraged. Originally published in 1975 by HarperCollins Publishers. |

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### Contents

LVI | 174 |

LVII | 180 |

LVIII | 187 |

LIX | 197 |

LX | 201 |

LXI | 203 |

LXIII | 209 |

LXIV | 229 |

LXV | 247 |

LXVI | 248 |

LXVII | 249 |

LXVIII | 255 |

LXIX | 258 |

LXX | 263 |

LXXI | 268 |

LXXII | 269 |

LXXIII | 274 |

LXXIV | 276 |

LXXV | 281 |

LXXVI | 282 |

LXXVII | 294 |

LXXIX | 297 |

LXXX | 299 |

LXXXI | 300 |

LXXXII | 305 |

LXXXIII | 307 |

LXXXIV | 318 |

LXXXV | 341 |

LXXXVII | 342 |

LXXXVIII | 343 |

LXXXIX | 351 |

XC | 360 |

XCI | 361 |

XCII | 364 |

XCIII | 371 |

XCIV | 375 |

XCV | 378 |

XCVI | 383 |

XCVII | 385 |

XCVIII | 386 |

XCIX | 388 |

C | 389 |

CI | 392 |

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