January 26, 2010
Dan Hirschman, grad student at the University of Michigan, has a great post on rational choice theory. It is framed as a critique, but I consider it wholly compatible with my defense of RCT. Human behavior is complex and different aspects of it will be best understood with different theories/models/levels of analysis. See some of my previous posts on modeling here.
November 19, 2009
Are social networks fundamental? That is how Daniel Little frames this interesting post. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what he meant. I thought, “No, social networks can’t be understood without understanding the people that comprise them, the society they exist within, etc.,” but then I actually started reading his post and realized he is asking whether the concept of a social network is central to most social explanation. This is something I am more inclined to agree with. Was I the only one briefly thrown for a loop by that title?