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The Wicked Nature of Social Systems – A Complexity Approach to Sociology


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Title: The Wicked Nature of Social Systems – A Complexity Approach to Sociology
Authors: Törnberg, Anton
E-mail: anton.tornberg@gu.se
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2017
University: Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Institution: Department of Sociology and Work Science ; Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap
Parts of work: Andersson Claes, Törnberg Anton and Törnberg Petter. (2014). “Societal systems – complex or worse?”. Futures 63:145-157.
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Törnberg Anton. (submitted) “Combining transition studies and social movement theory: conceptualizing radical societal change as a social innovation”.

Törnberg Anton and Törnberg Petter. (2017). “Modelling free social spaces and the diffusion of social mobilization”. Social Movement Studies 16(2):182-202
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Törnberg Anton and Törnberg Petter. (2016). “Combining CDA and topic modeling: Analyzing discursive connections between Islamophobia and antifeminism on an online forum”. Discourse & Society 27(4):401-422.
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Date of Defence: 2017-03-10
Disputation: Fredagen den 10 mars 2017, kl. 13.15, Dragonen, Sprängkullsgatan 19
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Series/Report no.: Göteborg Studies in Sociology
63
Keywords: agent-based models
automated text analysis
big/digital data
complex realism
complexity dynamics
complexity science
critical realism
discourse analysis
social movement theory
topic modeling
Abstract: This thesis investigates how the interdisciplinary field of Complexity Science can inform both sociological theory and methodological practice. Non-linearity and complexity dynamics such as emergence and positive/negative feedback are central in many social phenomena, but have until recently not only been hard to grasp though intuition, but have been just as vexing for our social scientific theories and methods. These phenomena tend to defy deeply ingrained assumptions of regularity, linearity, ... more
ISBN: 978-91-87876-13-4
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/51507
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Theses from University of Gothenburg / Doktorsavhandlingar från Göteborgs universitet
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