Problem Solving at the Macrolevel

  • John G. Bruhn
  • Howard M. Rebach
Part of the Clinical Sociology book series (CSRP)


The distinctions between macro- and microsociology have been debated for sometime (Eisenstadt and Halle, 1985; Knorr-Cetina and Cicourel, 1981). As Huber (1991) pointed out there is controversy among sociologists about the meaning of the words micro and macro. There is a tendency to equate micro with individual and macro with collective level events. Whether one focuses one’s efforts at the individual or personal level or at a broader social systems level, both are linked. The nature of macro-micro linkages is increasingly important as the etiologies, prevention, and solutions to contemporary societal problems, in the United States and elsewhere, lie in understanding the interfaces and linkages between individual behavior and factors at the societal level. While the emphasis in this chapter will be on problem solving at the macrolevel, it is our premise that problem solving cannot be effective if it is based on what it includes or excludes. Rather problem solving should be interactive between levels of human behavior, and this requires an interdisciplinary perspective (Sanderson, 1988).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Bruhn
    • 1
  • Howard M. Rebach
    • 2
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State University / HarrisburgMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.University of Maryland, Eastern ShorePrincess AnneUSA

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