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Social Emergence: Societies as Complex Systems

Social Emergence: Societies as Complex Systems

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Sociologists have long believed that psychology alone can't explain what happens when people work together in complex modern societies. In contrast, most psychologists and economists believe that we can explain much about social life with an accurate theory of how individuals make choices and act on them. R. Keith Sawyer argues, however, that societies are complex dynamical systems, and that the best way to resolve these debates is by developing the concept of emergence, paying attention to multiple levels of analysis--individuals, interactions, and groups--with a dynamic focus on how social group phenomena emerge from communication processes among individual members.

Author: R. Keith Sawyer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 09/01/2005
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 8.80h x 5.80w x 0.30d
ISBN: 9780521606370

About the Author
Sawyer, R. Keith: - 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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