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Foundations of social theory

Author: Coleman, James S. Publisher: Belknap Press, 1994.Language: EnglishDescription: 993 p. : Ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0674312260 ; 0674312252Type of document: BookNote: Paperback 1994Bibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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Foundations of Social Theory Contents Preface 1. Metatheory: Explanation in Social Science Explanation of the Behavior of Social Systems 2 Components of the Theory 11 Conceptions of the Relations between Micro and Macro Levels 21 xv 1 Part I / Elementary Actions and Relations 2. Actors and Resources, Interest and Control The Elements 28 Structures of Action 34 Social Exchange 37 Simple and Complex Relations 43 3. Rights to Act What Are Rights? 49 How the Free-Rider Problem Is Reduced for Rights 53 How Does New Information Bring About a Change in the Allocation of Rights? 54 How Does a Right Change Hands? 57 Who Are the Relevant Others? 58 How Are Rights Partitioned, and How Might They Be? 59 4. Authority Relations The Right to Control One's Own Actions 67 Vesting of Authority 69 Conjoint and Disjoint Authority Relations 72 Transfer of One Right or Two: Simple and Complex Authority Relations 81 Limitations on Authority 82 Slavery 86 Authority without Intentional Exercise 88 65 45 27 5. Relations of Trust The Placement of Trust 97 Actions of the Trustee 108 Multiple Trustors and Public-Goods Problems 115 91 Part II I Structures of Action 6. Systems of Social Exchange 119 What Is Money? 119 Media of Exchange in Social and Political Systems 124 Exchanges within Systems 131 7. From Authority Relations to Authority Systems 145 The Law of Agency 146 Sympathy and Identification: Affine Agents 157 Simple and Complex Authority Structures 162 The Internal Morality of an Authority System 172 8. Systems of Trust and Their Dynamic Properties 175 Mutual Trust 177 Intermediaries in Trust 180 Third-Party Trust 186 Large Systems Involving Trust 188 9. Collective Behavior General Properties of Collective Behavior 198 Escape Panics 203 Bank and Stock Market Panics 215 Acquisitive Crazes 218 Contagious Beliefs 219 Hostile and Expressive Crowds 220 Fads and Fashions 230 Influence Processes in Purchasing Decisions, Voting, and Public Opinion 237 Specific Predictions about Collective Behavior 239 10. The Demand for Effective Norms Examples of Norms and Sanctions 245 Distinctions among Norms 246 The First Condition: Externalities of Actions and the Demand for a Norm 249 What Constitutes Social Efficiency? 260 Systems of Norms 265 241 197 11. The Realization of Effective Norms An Action-Rights Bank 267 Social Relationships in Support of Sanctions 269 Free Riding and Zeal 273 Heroic versus Incremental Sanctioning 278 How Are Sanctions Applied in Society? 282 Emergence of Norms about Voting 289 Internalization of Norms 292 12. Social Capital Human Capital and Social Capital 304 Forms of Social Capital 304 Relative Quantities of Social Capital 313 The Public-Good Aspect of Social Capital 315 The Creation, Maintenance, and Destruction of Social Capital 318 266 300 Part III I Corporate Action 13. Constitutions and the Construction of Corporate Actors Norms and Constitutions 325 Positive Social Theory 344 Change in a Disjoint Constitution: American High Schools 349 An Optimal Constitution 352 Who Are the Elementary Actors? 367 14. The Problem of Social Choice Partitioning of Rights to Indivisible Goods 371 Constitutional Issues in Partitioning Rights to Control Corporate Actions 374 Intellectual Puzzles concerning Social Choice 376 Emergent Processes and Institutions for Social Choice 381 Ethical Theory: How to Determine the Right Action 384 Executive Decision Making 387 Community Decision Making and Conflict 390 Characteristics of Noninstitutionalized Social Choice 394 15. From Individual Choice to Social Choice The Problem of Independence from Irrelevant Alternatives 398 Tournaments as Institutions for Social Choice 403 Multi-Stage versus Single-Stage Processes for Social Choice 405 The Nature of Rights in Social Choice 414 397 371 325 16. The Corporate Actor as a System of Action Weberian Bureaucracy in Theory and Practice 422 The Formal Organization as a Specification of Transactions 425 Modes of Maintaining Viability in Formal Organizations 426 Explicit and Implicit Constitutions 435 Structures That Link Interest and Control 442 General Principles for Optimizing the Corporate Actor's Internal Structure 446 The Changing Conception of the Corporation 448 17. Rights and Corporate Actors Allocation of Corporate Rights and the Public-Goods Problem 451 Exercise and Exchange of Rights 452 The Drift of Power toward Actors Having Usage Rights 456 Withdrawal of Usage Rights through Voice and Exit 463 18. Revoking Authority Theories of Revolution 468 Comparative Macrosocial Research: Inequality, Economic Development, and Repressiveness 486 Ideology in Revolutions 487 A Theoretical Framework of Revolution 489 19. The Self Problems Inherent in a Unitary Actor 504 Functional Components of the Self 507 The Dual Role of Interests 509 Processes of Change inside the Actor 515 Corporate Actors' Changes in Self 527 421 451 466 503 Part IV / Modern Society 20. Natural Persons and the New Corporate Actors Individual Sovereignty 531 Changing Conceptions of Sovereignty 532 Emergence of Corporate Actors in Social Organization and Law 534 Examples of Interactions of Natural Persons and Corporate Actors 542 Types of Interactions Involving Corporate Actors and Persons 546 Displacement of Nature by Human Constructions 552 21. Responsibility of Corporate Actors Responsible Actions of Natural Persons 556 Social Origins of Corporate Responsibility 558 553 531 Internal Changes and Corporate Responsibility 560 Tax Laws and Social Norms 573 Free-Rider Problems for Corporate Responsibility 574 Corporate Responsibility in Sum 575 What Conception of the Corporation Is Best for Natural Persons? 577 22. New Generations in the New Social Structure The Conflict between the Family and the Corporation 579 Distribution of Income to Children in the New Social Structure 587 Consequences of the New Social Structure for Social Capital 590 The Direct Impact of the Two Social Structures on the Next Generation 597 23. The Relation of Sociology to Social Action in the New Social Structure The Social Role of Social Theory 611 The World of Action and the World of the Discipline 615 The Structure of Society and the Nature of Applied Social Research 616 Applied Social Research and the Theory of Action 626 What Should Applied Social Research Be Like? 645 What Research Is Missing? 647 24. The New Social Structure and the New Social Science The Replacement of Primordial Social Capital 652 Independent Viability, Global Viability, and Distribution in the New Social Structure 655 Modes of Organizing Action 658 Nation-States versus Multinational Corporations, or Voice versus Exit 660 The New Social Science 663 650 610 579 Part V I The Mathematics of Social Action 25. The Linear System of Action Two-Person Exchange System with Divisible Goods 670 Restrictions on the Utility Function 674 Beyond a Two-Person System of Action 680 The Competitive Equilibrium and the Linear System of Action 681 Further Derivations and Use of the Model 687 Economic and Psychological Prope ties of the Utility Function 693 Open Systems 695 Appendix: An Iterative Method for Solving for r or v Given X and C 698 667 26. Empirical Applications Estimation of Value with Perfect-Market Assumptions 702 Estimation of Value When There Are Two Resources and More Than Two Actors 703 Estimation of Value When There Are More Than Two Resources 709 Arbitrary Zero Points for Resources 711 Sampling and the Importance of the Population and Resource Distributions 715 Estimation of Interests 717 27. Extensions of the Theory A Perfect Social System 719 Psychic Investment 721 Dependence of Events 722 Partitioned Systems of Action 725 Losses in Exchange between Actors and between Resources 729 28. Trust in a Linear System of Action Introducing Mistrust into a System 750 Lack of Complete Trust in Larger Systems 756 29. Power, the Micro-to-Macro Transition, and Interpersonal Comparison of Utility Interpersonal Comparison 769 Cardinal Utility 778 Power, through a Market and Otherwise 781 30. Externalities and Norms in a Linear System of Action When Will Actions Having Externalities Be Taken? The Coase Theorem Revisited 787 Externalities and Level of Affluence 796 What Is Meant by Efficiency? 799 The Rationality of Norms 800 31. Indivisible Events, Corporate Actors, and Collective Decisions When Will Control of Events Be Collectivized? 829 The Constitutional Stage 830 The Postconstitutional Stage 844 Social Choice by Various Decision Rules 856 Conflict 869 701 719 747 769 785 829 32. Dynamics of the Linear System of Action Exchange with Two Actors and Two Resources 875 Change in Resources Held by One Actor 878 Movement of a Resource among Actors 885 Logical Constraints on Transition Rates in Pairwise Exchange Systems 887 A Description of the Path of Values: Walrasian Adjustment 889 Dynamics of Systems with Social-Structural Barriers 892 How Do Power of Actors and Values of Events Change? 895 33. Unstable and Transient Systems of Action Single-Contingency and Double-Contingency Collective Behavior 901 Transfer of Control in Single-Contingency Panics 903 Double-Contingency Panics 911 Evolution of Strategies 931 34. The Internal Structure of Actors Event Outcomes as Actions of a Corporate Actor 933 Corporate Outcomes and Public-Good Problems 937 The Value of Resources and the Interests of a Corporate Actor 939 Subjective and Objective Interests of a Corporate Actor 941 The Internal Structure of Persons as Actors 946 References Name Index Subject Index 874 899 932 951 973 979

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