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Tying Micro and Macro

What Fills up the Sociological Vacuum?


Mikołaj Pawlak

This study critically discusses the thesis on the sociological vacuum formulated by Stefan Nowak. The author’s aim is to refute the claim that the sociological vacuum is relevant for major social processes occurring in Poland. He presents the sociological vacuum in the context of the debate on micro and macro levels and discusses how the theory of fields and social network analysis is useful to reconcile the micro-macro divide. The book considers the uses of the sociological vacuum in explaining such phenomena as the Solidarność social movement, civil society, social capital, and democracy. In the empirical part, the author confronts the data on identifications with the data on relations and claims that the vacuum is not in the society but it in sociology.

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Studies in Social Sciences, Philosophy and History of Ideas

Edited by Andrzej Rychard

Vol.1Józef Niżnik: Twentieth Century Wars in European Memory. 2013.
Vol.2Szymon Wróbel: Deferring the Self. 2013.
Vol.3Cain Elliott: Fire Backstage. Philip Rieff and the Monastery of Culture. 2013.
Vol.4Seweryn Blandzi: Platon und das Problem der Letztbegründung der Metaphysik. Eine historische Einführung. 2014.
Vol.5Maria Gołębiewska / Andrzej Leder/Paul Zawadzki (éds.): L’homme démocratique. Perspectives de recherche. 2014.
Vol.6Zeynep Talay-Turner: Philosophy, Literature, and the Dissolution of the Subject. Nietzsche, Musil, Atay. 2014.
Vol.7Saidbek Goziev: Mahalla – Traditional Institution in Tajikistan and Civil Society in the West. 2015.
Vol.8Andrzej Rychard / Gabriel Motzkin (eds.): The Legacy of Polish Solidarity. Social Activism, Regime Collapse, and the Building of a New Society. 2015.
Vol.9Wojciech Klimczyk / Agata Świerzowska (eds.): Music and Genocide. 2015.
Vol.10Paweł B. Sztabiński / Henryk Domański / Franciszek Sztabiński (eds.): Hopes and Anxieties in Europe. Six Waves of the European Social Survey. 2015.
Vol.11Gavin Rae: Privatising Capital. The Commodification of Poland´s Welfare State. 2015.
Vol.12Adriana Mica / Jan Winczorek / Rafał Wiśniewski (eds.): Sociologies of Formality and Informality. 2015.
Vol.13Henryk Domański: The Polish Middle Class. Translated by Patrycja Poniatowska. 2015.
Vol.14Henryk Domański: Prestige. Translated by Patrycja Poniatowska. 2015.
Vol.15Cezary Wodziński: Heidegger and the Problem of Evil. Translated into English by Agata Bielik-Robson and Patrick Trompiz. 2016.
Vol.16Maria Gołębiewska (ed.): Cultural Normativity. Between Philosophical Apriority and Social Practices. 2017.
Vol.17Anita Williams: Psychology and Formalisation. Phenomenology, Ethnomethodology and Statistics. 2017.
Vol.18Mikołaj Pawlak: Tying Micro and Macro. 2018.