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Understanding Complex Systems

Sociology and Complexity Science

A New Field of Inquiry

Authors: Castellani, Brian, Hafferty, Frederic William

  • Surveys all the major areas involved in the integration of sociology and complexity science
  • Useful for sociologists and researchers in complexity
  • Presents real-life applications of the theory of complex nonlinear systems to sociology
  • Includes working concepts and a companion website
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About this book

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.

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)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The System of SACS

    Castellani, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • SACS Toolkit—Assemblage

    Castellani, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Mapping Complexity

    Castellani, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • SACS Toolkit—Theoretical Framework

    Castellani, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 1-33

  • Five Areas of Research

    Castellani, Brian (et al.)

    Pages 1-48

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eBook $109.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-540-88461-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-10013-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sociology and Complexity Science
Book Subtitle
A New Field of Inquiry
Authors
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-88462-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-88462-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-88461-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-10013-0
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 277
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
Topics