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The Network Society Thesis: theoretical adequacy and

By Michael Crozier


research possibilities The idea of network is employed across the social sciences though hardly with analytical unanimity. At one level, it is used as a simple descriptive template cast over empirical phenomena. At another, it is given greater explanatory power with at least meso-systemic implications. Far stronger analytical claims are made when it is mobilised to generate a systematic morphological account of contemporary society. And even at this level, there is conceptual diversity. This paper will examine some of these stronger claims especially the ‘network society ’ thesis, interrogating their theoretical adequacy, commensurability and limitations. It will also consider the implications they may entail for other levels of analysis and possible research directions

Year: 2011
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