By Raymond Boudon, Francois Bourricaud
Unlike so much different sociology or social technology dictionaries, during this translation of the Critical Dictionary of Sociology, taken from the second one French version of the Dictionary and edited by means of the English sociologist Peter Hamilton, the severe worth of this certain paintings is eventually made on hand for a much wider audience.
Each access grapples at once with a subject, even if theoretical, epistemological, philosophical, political or empirical, and gives a robust assertion of what the authors give it some thought. The discussions are thought of yet argumentative. by means of reaffirming non-marxist type of critique continues to be attainable, Boudon and Bourricaud have awarded a particular method of the main concerns which confront the societies of the 20 th and Twenty-First centuries.
For a few this paintings can be a textbook, for others an fundamental sourcebook of sociological options, and for many a fashion of beginning our eyes to new dimensions in our realizing of the nice rules and theories of sociology.
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The two situations correspond to two cases of mechanical equilibrium. But it is obvious that it is more likely to stop at Aggregation 27 the bottom. In the same way here, the model will be more likely to lead to segregational effects. ‘Most’ of the reds (blues) will have ‘almost all’ their neighbours red (blue) even if neither one nor the other demanded as much. There are several lessons to be learned from this model. First, it outlines an ‘explanation model’ quite distinct from the two previous ones.
Then, it was necessary to show that the theory accounted for a number of other differences between countries belonging to the British tradition. It is clear that the reconstruction of individual actions as proposed by the sociologist is only valid and credible if two conditions are satisfied. First the reconstruction must be compatible with the empirical data available. The premisses of the theory must in other words be considered as acceptable. Second, the theory must lead to inferences or conclusions which are compatible with empirical data, and which are themselves as carefully collected, distinct, and numerous as possible.
Naturally, to be ‘in the same situation’ as the actor it is usually necessary to know about his or her socialization, about the givens of the situation in which the actor is located, about the structure of the situation in which the actor moves. The relation of understanding which may be created between observer and actor is not immediately given. It generally supposes that the observer will both inform himself and distance himself from the actor: to understand the action of the other, the observer must be conscious of the differences which distinguish his situation from that of the actor observed.
A Critical Dictionary of Sociology by Raymond Boudon, Francois Bourricaud