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Palgrave Macmillan

Applying Relational Sociology

Relations, Networks, and Society

ISBN 9781137379917
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

From networks to fields to figurations to discourses, relational ideas have become common in social science, and a distinct relational sociology has emerged over the past decade and a half. But so far, this paradigm shift has raised as many questions as it answers. Just what are 'relations', precisely? How do we observe and measure them? How does relational thinking change what we already know about society? What new questions does it invite us to ask? This volume and its companion volume Conceptualizing Relational Sociology: Ontological and Theoretical Issues bring together, for the first time, the leading experts and up-and-coming scholars in the field to address fundamental questions about what relational sociology is and how it works.

François Dépelteau is Associate Professor in Sociology and Humanities and Social Sciences at Laurentian University, Canada.

Christopher Powell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University, Canada.

1. Relational Sociology and the Globalized Society; Pierpaolo Donati
2. Spatial Relationality and the Fallacies of Methodological Nationalism: Theorizing Urban Space and Binational Sociality in Jewish-Arab 'Mixed Towns'; Daniel Monterescu
3. Survival Units as the Point of Departure for a Relational Sociology; Lars Bo Kaspersen and Norman Gabriel
4. Human Transaction Mechanisms in Evolutionary Niches - a Methodological Relationalist Standpoint; Osmo Kivinen and Tero Piiroinen
5. Bourdieu's Relational Method in Theory and in Practice: From Fields and Capitals to Networks and Institutions (and Back Again); John W. Mohr
6. Turning Points are the Rule Rather than the Exception: A Relational Perspective on the Different Forms of Uncertainty; Harrison C. White, Frédéric C. Godart, and Matthias Thiemann,
7. Relational Power from Switching Across Netdoms through Reflexive and Indexical Language; Jorge Fontdevila and Harrison C. White
8. Social Relationships between Communication, Network Structure, and Culture; Jan Fuhse
9. Connecting Network Methods to Social Science Research: How to Parsimoniously Use Dyadic Measures as Independent Variables; Heather Price

Pierpaolo Donati, University of Bologna, Italy
Jorge Fontdevila, California State University, USA
Jan Fuhse, Bielefeld University, Germany
Norman Gabriel, University of Plymouth, UK
Frédéric C. Godart, INSEAD, France
Lars Bo Kasperson, Copenhagen University, Denmark
Osmo Kivinen, University of Turku, Finland
John W. Mohr, University of California - Santa Barbara, USA
Daniel Monterescu, Central European University, Hungary
Tero Piiroinen, University of Turku, Finland
Heather Price, University of Notre Dame, USA
Matthias Thiemann, Columbia University, USA
Harrison C. White, Columbia University, USA


'The companion edited volumes Conceptualizing Relational Sociology and Applying Relational Sociology offer nothing less than a platform to review and renegotiate some of the key aspects and key contributions for the social sciences. The editors' strategy for achieving this is remarkable—they seek to introduce relational sociology based on what they hold as evidence of this way of thinking of society in both seminal and more contemporary thought, and do so by bringing together a strong selection of contributions from established and up-and-coming authors. One of the major strengths of this book is that relational sociology is introduced not as a broad declaration of war to any existing and established current, but rather as a 'federative' epistemological discussion that is introduced by means of a demonstration of its presence, and by illuminating us on its principles as they are developed already in some of the seminal contributions to the field. It is my opinion that this book makes a great contribution to the epistemology of sociology and to the social sciences as a whole.' - Jonathan Paquette, Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada
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