In this completely revised edition of one of the foundational texts of network sociology, Harrison White refines and enlarges his groundbreaking theory of how social structure and culture emerge from the chaos and uncertainty of social life. Incorporating new contributions from a group of young sociologists and many fascinating and novel case studies, Identity and Control is the only major book of social theory that links social structure with the lived experience of individuals, providing a rich perspective on the kinds of social formations that develop in the process. Going beyond traditional sociological dichotomies such as agency/structure, individual/society, or micro/macro, Identity and Control presents a toolbox of concepts that will be useful to a wide range of social scientists, as well as those working in public policy, management, or associational life and, beyond, to any reader who is interested in understanding the dynamics of social life.
Harrison C. White is the Giddings Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. His books include "Markets from Networks: Socioeconomic Models of Production" (Princeton) and "Careers and Creativity: Social Forces in the Arts".
DETAILED CONTENTS vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv PROLOGUE: Preview of Themes xvii CHAPTER ONE: Identities Seek Control 1 Contributors: Anna Mitschele and Frederic Godart CHAPTER TWO: Networks and Stories 20 Contributors: Haiko Lietz and Sabine Wuerkner CHAPTER THREE: Three Disciplines 63 Contributors: Rozlyn Redd and Don Steiny CHAPTER FOUR: Styles 112 Contributors: Frederic Godart and Larissa Buchholz CHAPTER FIVE: Institutions and Rhetorics 171 Contributors: Victor Corona and Matthias Thiemann CHAPTER SIX: Regimes of Control 220 Contributors: Matthias Thiemann and Millie Su CHAPTER SEVEN: Getting Action 279 Contributors: Larissa Buchholz and Haiko Lietz CHAPTER EIGHT: Overview and Contexts 334 Contributors: Frederic Godart and Victor Corona REFERENCES 377 CHAPTER INDEX 419