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Sociology and the Unintended

Robert Merton Revisited

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Edited By Adriana Mica, Arkadiusz Peisert and Jan Winczorek

This collection of essays aims to revive the sociological debate on the unintended, unanticipated and unexpected consequences of social action, as started by Robert K. Merton in a classic study of 1936. The contributing authors provide insights on both Merton’s work and the reception it received in the academia. They also go beyond his original formulations to encompass new theoretical perspectives and empirical interests that have emerged in the intellectual circumstances different from, or opposed to, his functionalist theory. The contributing authors delve into fields as diverse as education, law, politics, financial markets, consumption, risks and accidents, systemic transformation, organizations and institutional work, innovations, and Polish studies.

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Adriana Mica, Arkadiusz Peisert, Jan Winczorek Introduction ............................................................................................................ 9 Part I: Unintended Consequences – Refinements and Redefinitions Adriana Mica Introduction .......................................................................................................... 29 Raymond Boudon Individual Reasons as the Causes of Collective Phenomena .............................. 33 Colin Campbell Limits to Agency: Exploring the Unintended (and Unattended) Consequences of Action ............... 45 Jean-Pascal Daloz Elitist Consumption: Revisiting the Question of Utilitarian vs. Symbolic Motives ............................... 63 Piotr Sztompka Existential Uncertainty and its Remedies On the Shoulders of Robert K. Merton ................................................................ 75 Jocelyn Pixley What about a Sociology of Uncertainty? ............................................................. 89 Steve Matthewman Waiting to Happen: The Accident in Sociology ................................................. 113 Adriana Mica How Non-Linear is the Linear Model of Innovation? Treatment of Consequences in Diffusion and Translation Models .................... 129 Part II: Case Studies of the Unintended Arkadiusz Peisert Introduction ........................................................................................................ 147 Mike Zajko Climate Change and Extreme Weather as Risk and Consequence .................... 151 Klaus Birkelbach Teacher Evaluations over the Life Course: Valid Prognosis or Self-fulfilling Prophecy? ..................................................... 167 8 Contents Federico Farini Affectivity, Expertise, and Inequality: Three Foundations of Trust in Education. Reflections on Presuppositions, (Unintended) Consequences, and Possible Alternatives ................................................................................... 189 Francisco Linares Self-defeating Prophecies and Social Conflict: A Case Study and Some Theoretical Considerations ......................................... 203 Klaus Bachmann Pluralistic Ignorance in Action: The Puzzle of Unintended Consequences during Poland’s Transition to Democracy ................................ 219 Micha uczewski Nation as a Perverse Effect ............................................................................... 237 Part III: Unintended Consequences of Norms and Social Intervention Jan Winczorek Introduction ........................................................................................................ 253 Karl-Dieter Opp The Beneficial and Unintended Consequences of False Beliefs about Norm Violation. When Is there a “Preventive Effect of Ignorance”? ............... 257 Jacek Kurczewski Amending the Amendments:...

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