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Social Emergence Robert Keith Sawyer

Social Emergence

Robert Keith Sawyer

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ISBN : 9781322177687
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288 pages
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Sociologists have long believed that psychology alone cant explain what happens when people work together in complex modern societies. In contrast, most psychologists and economists believe that we can explain much about social life with an accurateMoreSociologists have long believed that psychology alone cant explain what happens when people work together in complex modern societies. In contrast, most psychologists and economists believe that we can explain much about social life with an accurate theory of how individuals make choices and act on them. R. Keith Sawyer argues, however, that societies are complex dynamical systems, and that the best way to resolve these debates is by developing the concept of emergence, paying attention to multiple levels of analysis--individuals, interactions, and groups--with a dynamic focus on how social group phenomena emerge from communication processes among individual members.