Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences: An Introduction

Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences: An Introduction

by David Byrne

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Overview

Chaos and complexity are the new buzz words in both science and contemporary society. The ideas they represent have enormous implications for the way we understand and engage with the world. Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences introduces students to the central ideas which surround the chaos/complexity theories. It discusses key concepts before using them as a way of investigating the nature of social research. By applying them to such familiar topics as urban studies, education and health, David Byrne allows readers new to the subject to appreciate the contribution which complexity theory can make to social research and to illuminating the crucial social issues of our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134714735
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/04/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 478 KB

About the Author

David Byrne is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Durham. He is author of Beyond the Inner City and has published a number of articles in urban sociology and social policy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Understanding the Complex

2. The Reality of the Complex: The Complexity of the Real

3. Complexity and the Quantitative Programme in Social Science

4. Analysing Social Complexity

5. Complex Spaces: Regions, Cities and

Neighborhoods in a Complex World

6. The Complex Character of Health and Illness

7. Complexity, Education and Change

8. Complexity and Policy: The Limits to Urban Governance

9. Conclusion

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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