Peter Hedström

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Actions and Networks: Sociology that really matters... to me

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Keywords: analytical sociology, mechanisms, theory-driven research, networks, actions

Although the degree of specialization varies a great deal within the profession, many sociologists work on a range of different subject matters. In fact, the broad scope of the discipline is according to many one of its greatest attractions. Working on a range of different subject matters is not necessarily an indication of eclecticism, however, because underlying them all often is a coherent approach reflecting the sociologist's notion of how sociology should be done and what type of sociology is important. That is, we all do what we do for a reason, and although we may study entirely different subject matters, our basic approach often will be similar from one study to another. In this paper I use my own research over the last 20 years to illustrate this point.

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