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Principles of Group Solidarity.
Social scientists have long recognized that solidarity is essential for such phenomena as social order, class, and ethnic consciousness, and the provision of collective goods. In presenting a newExpand
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Internal Colonialism: The Celtic Fringe in British National Development
Recent years have seen a resurgence of separatist sentiments among national minorities in many industrial societies, including the United Kingdom. In 1997, the Scottish and Welsh both set up theirExpand
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Sociological rational choice theory
Although rational choice theory has made considerable advances in other social sciences, its progress in sociology has been limited. Some sociologists' reservations about rational choice arise from aExpand
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A theory of the value of children
This paper uses a non-standard value assumption—uncertainty reduction—to explain parenthood. We begin by reviewing the inadequacies of normative and standard rational choice explanations of shifts inExpand
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The Role of General Theory in Comparative-Historical Sociology
The methodological foundations of comparative-historical sociology have been transformed dramatically in recent years. Arguments against general theoretical models have proliferated, while theExpand
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The contribution of rational choice theory to macrosociological research
Because it consists of an entire family of specific theories derived from the same first principles, rational choice offers one approach to generate explanations that provide for micro-macro links,Expand
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The Debate on Historical Sociology: Rational Choice Theory and Its Critics1
In the past two decades, many sociologists have denied the use‐fulness of general theories in favor of more particularistic ap‐proaches to historical explanation, which makes it difficult to specifyExpand
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From Class to Culture1
  • M. Hechter
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 September 2004
This article contends that class politics has receded in advanced capitalist societies during the last century, while cultural politics has increased, and it focuses on social and politicalExpand
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