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Social Emergence


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Acknowledgements; 1. Emergence, complexity, and social science; 2. Emergence, complexity, and the third wave of social systems theory; 3. The history of emergence; 4. Emergence in psychology; 5. Emergence in sociology; 6. Durkheim's theory of social emergence; 7. Emergence and elisionism; 8. Simulating social emergence with artificial societies; 9. Communication and improvisation; 10. The Emergence paradigm.

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This book argues that societies are complex dynamical systems that can be understood through the concept of emergence.

About the Author

R. Keith Sawyer is Associate Professor of Education at Washington University. He is the author or editor of six previous books, including Group Creativity and Improvised Dialogues. He has also published a wide range of scholarly journal articles on contemporary issues in sociological theory and on computational modeling of societies.


'... I enjoyed reading this book. It is clearly written and describes challenging theories in an accessible way. I also found it thought provoking for my own research.' Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
"Following many other contemporary social scientists K. Sawyer presents a theoretical discussion of a recurrent and important question in the social sciences: How should we explain the relations between individuals and social structures?" -Francois Depelteau, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

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