In this Book

University of California Press
summary
This volume is a one-of-a-kind contribution to applied social science and the product of a long collaboration between an established, interdisciplinary sociologist and a successful banking executive. Together, Neil Smelser and John Reed use a straightforward approach to presenting substantive social science knowledge and indicate its relevance and applicability to decision-making, problem-solving and policy-making. Among the areas presented are space-and-time coordinates of social life; cognition and bias; group and network effects; the role of sanctions; organizational dynamics; and macro-changes associated with economic development. Finally, the authors look at the big picture of why society at large demands and needs social-science knowledge, and how the academy actually supplies relevant knowledge.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction: The Problem and Our Take on It
  2. pp. 1-12
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part One. Arenas of Usability
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. Space and Time: Constraints and Opportunities
  2. pp. 15-52
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Some Dynamics of Cognition, Judgment, and Bias
  2. pp. 53-89
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Sanctions in Organizational and Social Life
  2. pp. 90-120
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. Groups, Teams, Networks, Trust, and Social Capita
  2. pp. 121-150
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. How Decisions Are Made
  2. pp. 151-184
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Organizations and Organizational Change
  2. pp. 185-228
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. Economic Development and Social Change
  2. pp. 229-253
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. Methods of Research and Their Usability
  2. pp. 254-290
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part Two. The Big Picture of Usability
  2. pp. 291-292
  1. 9. Social Change, Social Problems, and Demands for Knowledge
  2. pp. 293-314
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. The Production of Knowledge in the Social Sciences
  2. pp. 315-354
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. References
  2. pp. 355-410
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 411-424
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.