- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines time and scheduling dynamics, with particular emphasis on the potential consequences of scheduling constraints for social life. It asks why scheduling conflicts exist and why they are often enormously difficult to resolve, first by providing an overview of traditional approaches to the study of time in the social sciences. These include an extensive literature across a number of disciplines on how societies conceptualize time; research that has examined how the organization of time has changed over history; and studies on the female labor force, the household division of labor, and time budgets more generally. The discussion then turns to formal insights that explain why schedule coordination is such a problem and describes the macro-level social implications of scheduling conflicts, focusing on hierarchies, segregation, and boundary-maintenance dynamics.
Scott Feld is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the John Hopkins University and has held faculty positions at SUNY, Stony Brook, and Louisiana State University. His ongoing research interests focus on social networks, and processes of individual and collective decision-making. Currently he is studying innovations in marriage and divorce laws.
Bernard Grofman is Jack W. Peltason Endowed Chair and Professor of Political Science, Adjunct Professor of Economics, and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. His past research has dealt with (p. xviii) mathematical models of group decision making, legislative representation, electoral rules, and redistricting. Currently he is working on comparative politics and political economy, with an emphasis on viewing the USA in a comparative perspective.
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