Where the action is: Small groups and recent developments in sociological theory

Brooke Harrington*, Gary Alan Fine

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Abstract

Although small group research has been marginalized within sociology during the past decades, the authors argue that a focus on interaction arenas can contribute to a more complete analysis of social life. Specifically, the authors examine three central domains of sociological analysis - culture, organizations, and the economy - to demonstrate how a focus on the mesolevel of analysis allows for a merging of macrosociology and microsociology. The authors draw on the perspective of sociological miniaturism to provide a model for cross-level research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-19
Number of pages16
JournalSmall Group Research
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Economic sociology
  • Networks
  • Organizations
  • Small groups
  • Sociology of culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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