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Thinking with the Coleman boat
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Department o f Social Research, University of Helsinki.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5237-9695
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Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to provide a rational reconstruction of the diagram as a tool for social scientific theorizing. I will show how Coleman uses the diagram and how it can be employed as a tool for theoretical thinking. I will also demonstrate how it can be used to clarify the nature of the micro-macro challenge in social explanation. The structure of the article is as following. Section 2 will describe the diagram and its elements. Section 3 will show various ways in which Coleman used the diagram in his work. Section 4 discusses more systematically issues related to the interpretation of the diagram, and Section 5 will provide a diagnosis of some recent interpretations of the diagram. Finally, Section 6 focuses on some important limitations of the diagram.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. , 38 p.
The IAS Working Paper Series, 2016:1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132711OAI: diva2:1048216
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2017-01-26Bibliographically approved

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