Multiple Levels of Analysis and the Limitations of Methodological Individualisms*

@article{Jepperson2011MultipleLO,
  title={Multiple Levels of Analysis and the Limitations of Methodological Individualisms*},
  author={R. Jepperson and John W. Meyer},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  year={2011},
  volume={29},
  pages={54 - 73}
}
This article discusses relations among the multiple levels of analysis present in macro-sociological explanation—i.e., relations of individual, structural, and institutional processes. It also criticizes the doctrinal insistence upon single-level individualistic explanation found in some prominent contemporary sociological theory. For illustrative material the article returns to intellectual uses of Weber's “Protestant Ethic thesis,” showing how an artificial version has been employed as a kind… Expand

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