The Ecological Complex

A Conceptual Elaboration
  • Michael Micklin
  • David F. Sly
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE)


The development of any effective science of society is contingent on conceptualization of its subject matter. To achieve the fundamental goals of scientific reasoning—description, explanation, prediction and, ultimately, control of empirical phenomena—a scientific discipline requires unambiguously defined, systematically related, and collectively standardized concepts that link ideas to observations (Blumer 1931; Blalock 1982; Lenski 1988; Wallace 1988; Cohen 1989: 67–88).2


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Micklin
    • 1
  • David F. Sly
    • 2
  1. 1.Biobehavioral and Social Sciences, Center for Scientific ReviewNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Center for the Study of PopulationThe Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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