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.
Hirschman on Rational Choice TheoryJanuary 26, 2010
Assorted LinksDecember 19, 2009
Are Social Networks Fundamental?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?