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Identity and Control:
How Social Formations Emerge
Second Edition
Harrison C. White

Paperback | 2008 | $46.00 | £38.95 | ISBN: 9780691137155
456 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 9 line illus. 1 table.
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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

Table of Contents:

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

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