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Sociology and Complexity Science

A New Field of Inquiry

  • Surveys all the major areas involved in the integration of sociology and complexity science

  • Useful for researchers in complexity and sociologists

  • Presenting real life application of the theory of complex nonlinear systems to sociology

  • Includes working concepts and a companion website

Book

Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-18
  2. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-32
  3. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-33
  4. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-16
  5. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-21
  6. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-34
  7. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-48
  8. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-20
  9. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-26
  10. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-7
  11. Brian Castellani, Frederic William Hafferty
    Pages 1-21
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 1-15

About this book

Introduction

This book is the first to identify and review the new field of study, sociology and complexity science—or SACS for short. SACS is comprised of five cutting-edge areas of research: computational sociology, the British-based School of Complexity (BBC), complex social network analysis (CSNA), sociocybernetics and the Luhmann School of Complexity (LSC). Together, these five areas represent the latest development in complexity science and sociological systems thinking, offering researchers a powerful, new set of tools for addressing the growing complexity of sociological inquiry.

This book also showcases a new method for modeling social systems, called the SACS Toolkit. The SACS Toolkit comes with a theoretical framework (social complexity theory), procedural algorithm (assemblage) and recommended toolset for modeling social systems (qualitatively, historically or numerically) from the ground-up. In fact, this book uses the SACS Toolkit to review the new field of SACS.

The third feature of this book is its compendium of maps, graphs and figures—all located in one chapter. Demonstrating the visual ingenuity of complexity science method, this compendium provides a picture-book tour of the new field of SACS.

Finally, this book comes with a companion website—an internet resource for exploring the new science of complexity and its intersection with sociology; and for downloading the maps (in color) used in this book. Useful for teachers, students and researchers, this book articulates a possible future for social scientific inquiry in the 21st century.

Keywords

Complexity Science Computational Sociology Cybernetics New Science of Networks New Social Systems Theory Social Network Analysis Social System Sociocybernetics Sociology complexity complexity theory environment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. SociologyKent State University, AshtabulaAshtabulaU.S.A.
  2. 2.Medical SchoolUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthU.S.A.

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Reviews

From the reviews: “This ambitious book is an effort to provide a comprehensive overview of the research and people making up the rapidly expanding area … ‘Sociology and Complexity Science’ (SACS). SACS refers broadly to the community of sociologists and like-minded scholars … in social research. … does a very nice job of tracing out the evolution of this field, and its antecedents in other areas of research. It may be best suited to someone … interested in learning more about the area and its development.” (Elizabeth Bruch, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol. 13 (1), 2010)