Considering Complexity: Toward A Strategy for Non-linear Analysis

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Title Considering Complexity: Toward A Strategy for Non-linear Analysis
 
Creator Hatt, Ken
 
Description This paper sets out an agenda for a post-normal sociology that revolves around acknowledging complexity, accommodating paradoxicality as a standpoint and engaging paradox. Four major interpretations of complexity are reviewed and it is argued that complexity invokes paradoxicality for sociologists that needs to be accommodated, but in a manner that facilitates engaging paradox. Paradoxicality is developed from Bateson’s model of communication and illustrated by showing how paradox occurs 1) in everyday life; 2) as a matter for investigation in sociology; and how it has affected the 3) construction and 4) justification of knowledge—the latter leading to a reflexive accommodation to paradoxicality. Drawing on the work of the critical realists and Maruyama, the paper then proposes ontological, epistemological and methodological elements for a strategy appropriate to complex systems based on a technique involving positive and negative feedback loops.
 
Publisher Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
 
Date 2008-12-12
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/cjs/index.php/CJS/article/view/702
 
Source Canadian Journal of Sociology; Vol 34, No 2 (2009); 313-348
1710-1123
0318–6431
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/cjs/index.php/CJS/article/view/702/5340
 

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