Sawyer addresses a key issue in sociology, the relation between the individual and the group. He argues that societies are complex dynamical systems, and that the best way to resolve the debates between sociologists, psychologists and economists is by developing the concept of emergence focusing on multiple levels of analysis.
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'... I enjoyed reading this book. It is clearly written and describes challenging theories in an accessible way. I also found it thought provoking for my own research.' Journal of Artificial Societies and Social SimulationÜber den Autor:
R. Keith Sawyer is Associate Professor of Education at Washington University. He is the author or editor of six previous books, including Group Creativity and Improvised Dialogues. He has also published a wide range of scholarly journal articles on contemporary issues in sociological theory and on computational modeling of societies.
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press Okt 2005, 2005. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 229x216x11 mm. Neuware - Can we understand important social issues by studying individual personalities and decisions Or are societies somehow more than the people in them Social Emergence takes a new approach to these longstanding questions. Sawyer argues that societies are complex dynamical systems, and that the best way to resolve the debates is by developing the concept of emergence, focusing on multiple levels of analysis - individuals, interactions, and groups - and with a dynamic focus on how social group phenomena emerge from communication processes among individual members. 288 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780521606370