White, H.C.: Identity and Control: How Social Formations Emerge. (Second edition) (eBook and Paperback)

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I contributed to this book (you can see my name attached to chapter 3 below. I also did the index. I have the review from the book cover here, but the best review is my review from Social Networks

In this completely revised edition of one of the foundational texts of network sociology, Harrison White refines and enlarges his groundbreaking theory of how social structure and culture emerge from the chaos and uncertainty of social life. Incorporating new contributions from a group of young sociologists and many fascinating and novel case studies, Identity and Control is the only major book of social theory that links social structure with the lived experience of individuals, providing a rich perspective on the kinds of social formations that develop in the process. Going beyond traditional sociological dichotomies such as agency/structure, individual/society, or micro/macro, Identity and Control presents a toolbox of concepts that will be useful to a wide range of social scientists, as well as those working in public policy, management, or associational life and, beyond, to any reader who is interested in understanding the dynamics of social life.

Praise for the original edition: “[In this book] White has managed to cram a lifetime of singularly deep thinking about the social order that makes the best start yet on augmenting the economic understanding of man.”–David Warsh, Boston Globe

Praise for the original edition: “This work is unique in that it presents a fully formed structural theory of human behavior and organization from the ground up, including seminal terms and the directions in which future research should proceed.”–C. A. Pressler,

Choice – Praise for the original edition: “[This book] deserves to be widely read and discussed. White attempts nothing less than a comprehensive theoretical synthesis of social scientific ideas.”–John Scott, British Journal of Sociology

Praise for the original edition: “[In this book] White has managed to cram a lifetime of singularly deep thinking about the social order that makes the best start yet on augmenting the economic understanding of man.”–David Warsh,

Boston Globe – Praise for the original edition: “This work is unique in that it presents a fully formed structural theory of human behavior and organization from the ground up, including seminal terms and the directions in which future research should proceed.”–C. A. Pressler,

Choice – Praise for the original edition: “[This book] deserves to be widely read and discussed. White attempts nothing less than a comprehensive theoretical synthesis of social scientific ideas.”–John Scott, British Journal of Sociology

Table of Contents:

DETAILED CONTENTS vii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv
PROLOGUE:             Preview of Themes xvii
CHAPTER ONE:       Identities Seek Control 1
    Contributors: Anna Mitschele and Frederic Godart
CHAPTER TWO:      Networks and Stories 20
    Contributors: Haiko Lietz and Sabine Wuerkner
CHAPTER THREE: Three Disciplines 63
    Contributors: Rozlyn Redd and Don Steiny
CHAPTER FOUR:    Styles 112
    Contributors: Frederic Godart and Larissa Buchholz
CHAPTER FIVE:      Institutions and Rhetorics 171
    Contributors: Victor Corona and Matthias Thiemann
CHAPTER SIX:        Regimes of Control 220
    Contributors: Matthias Thiemann and Millie Su
CHAPTER SEVEN: Getting Action 279
    Contributors: Larissa Buchholz and Haiko Lietz
CHAPTER EIGHT: Overview and Contexts 334
    Contributors: Frederic Godart and Victor Corona
REFERENCES 377
CHAPTER INDEX 419

Source: White, H.C.: Identity and Control: How Social Formations Emerge. (Second edition) (eBook and Paperback)

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