Meny

Javascript verkar inte påslaget? - Vissa delar av Lunds universitets webbplats fungerar inte optimalt utan javascript, kontrollera din webbläsares inställningar.
Du är här

Analytical sociology in Tocqueville's Democracy in America

Författare:
  • Christofer Edling
  • E. Hedstrom
Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Tyska
Sidor: 511-522
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Berliner Journal für Soziologie
Volym: 15
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

Abstract english

Analytical sociology seeks to explain complex social processes by carefully dissecting them and then bringing into focus their most important constituent components. It is through dissection and analytical abstractions that the important cogs and wheels of social processes are made visible and intelligible. By identifying some common features between Tocqueville's Democracy in America and contemporary analytical sociology, we argue that the explanatory approach that Tocqueville pursued in many respects is a forerunner to analytical sociology. These features are contrasted with those of other classical approaches in order to highlight the defining characteristics of Tocqueville's approach. One reason why Tocqueville is still worth reading, 200 years after his birth, is as an early example of the explanatory power of the analytical approach to sociology. However, the methodological and theoretical advances that sociology has undergone since the publication of Democracy in America makes it more interesting as a classic than as a useful source of reference for today's sociology students.

Keywords

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • sociology
  • sociologi
  • models

Other

Published
  • ISSN: 0863-1808
Christofer Edling
E-post: christofer.edling [at] soc.lu.se

Prodekan

Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten

+46 46 222 88 62

333

35

Professor

Sociologi

+46 46 222 88 62

333

31

Bakgrund

Jag disputerade 1999 vid Stockholms Universitet (Essays on Social Dynamics, 1998) med Peter Hedström som handledare. Mellan 2002 och 2005 var jag Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow vid Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) i Uppsala.

2003 blev jag docent i sociologi, och 2004 universitetslektor, vid Stockholms Universitet, där jag var prefekt vid Sociologiska institutionen 2006 till 2008.

Jag flyttade till en professur vid Jacobs University Bremen i Tyskland 2008 och rekryterades till Lunds universitet som professor 2012.

Sociologiska institutionen
Lunds universitet
Besök: Paradisgatan 5, Hus G, Lund
Postadress: Box 114 , 221 00 Lund
Telefon: Studerandeexpeditionen +46 46-222 88 44, Lunds universitets växel +46 46-222 00 00

Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten