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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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This publication was financially supported by the National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) on the basis of the decision number DEC-2012/07/D/HS6/00977

ISSN 2196-0151

ISBN 978-3-631-66593-0 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-06044-7 (E-PDF)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-71084-5 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-71085-2 (MOBI)

DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06044-7

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