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Analytical sociology is a research strategy

  • Christofer Edling
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Publication/Series: Sociologica
Volume: 2012
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article (letter)
Publisher: Società Editrice il Mulino

Abstract english

Analytical sociology is a methodological strategy aimed at refining theoretically informed

empirical social research. Given the central assumption that the role of sociology is to

explain macro level phenomena, analytical sociology makes pragmatic use of abstract models of

social action and interaction, such as the DBO-model. The realization that it is not a philosophy

or a psychology, nor a universal theory of the social, implies that it is by actually explaining social

phenomena that analytical sociology will make a name for itself.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • action
  • analytical sociology
  • social mechanism
  • social action system
  • explanation
  • sociology
  • sociologi


  • ISSN: 1971-8853
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


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I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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