Social Mechanisms: Social mechanisms: An introductory essay

  title={Social Mechanisms: Social mechanisms: An introductory essay},
  author={Peter Hedstr{\"o}m and Richard Swedberg},
Introduction The main message of this book is that the advancement of social theory calls for an analytical approach that systematically seeks to explicate the social mechanisms that generate and explain observed associations between events. It might appear obvious that every social theory, worthy of its name, should be explanatory. But upon closer examination, it turns out that what often goes under the rubric of social theory, should more properly be viewed as conceptual or sensitizing… 

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