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Relating socio-cultural network concepts to process-oriented methodology

Soziokulturelle Netzwerk-Konzepte in prozessorientierter Methodik
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Onaka, Fumiya

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Abstract "Examining the works of classical sociologists, this study demonstrates that the 'socio-cultural network analysis' is a 'process-oriented methodology'. 'Sociocultural network' is a concept originally proposed on the basis of 'thick comparison' studies conducted of two Thai villages; it includes both cultural elements and social actors. Different from the early classical sociologists (Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer), the later classical sociologists (Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Norbert Elias, Talcott Parsons) utilized the terms 'network' and 'process' and thereby prepared the basis for process-oriented methodology. Among them, only Simmel, Weber and Elias created a direct portal to process-oriented methodology by employing those two terms in a significant and interconnected way and in their philosophical, historical and comparative studies. Thus, the socio-cultural network analysis can be regarded as a descendant of these three sociologists." (author's abstract)
Keywords history of ideas; sociology; sociological theory; sociocultural factors; Simmel, G.; Durkheim, E.; Spencer, H.; Elias, N.; Parsons, T.; Weber, M.; comparative research; network; network analysis; application of science
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Method theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 236-251
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 2
Issue topic Aspects of process theories and process-oriented methodologies
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works