Micro-Macro Link in Action and Relation Systems

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC45 Rational Choice (host committee)

Language: English

Micro-macro link is the key to develop sociological theory, and rational choice has been the strongest theoretical framework for explanation of micro-macro link in action systems. However, modern multiplex social problems require to capture an action system as being embedded in the social structure. Since the social structure as a relation system should have distinctive micro-macro link processes, it is valuable to consider interaction between different multilevel problems in action and relation systems. In fact, it is not difficult to find a complex process of this kind with regard to the theme of the congress - power, violence, and justice. In this session we will explore recent rational choice theory to explain multiplex micro-macro links between action and relation systems and discuss how to resolve multiplex empirical problems. Concrete topics include network formation, motivation formation, network structure of an action system or plural action systems, and other topics on the relationship between rational choice, social networks, social norms, and symbolic institutions. Various approaches, such as theoretical, empirical, simulation, and formal studies, are accepted. Research questions related to the theme of the congress are welcome.
Session Organizer:
Kazuto MISUMI, Kyushu University, Japan
Oral Presentations
The Social Structure of Acquaintanceship Networks in Chile
Matias BARGSTED, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Organizing the Commons: A Solution to Acting Collectively
Pamela EMANUELSON, North Dakota State University, USA; David WILLER, University of South Carolina, USA
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