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THEORIZING THE DYNAMICS OF SOCIAL PROCESSES

 

CALL FOR PAPERS
Theorizing the Dynamics of Social Processes
Current Perspectives in Social Theory (Volume 27)
Edited by Harry F. Dahms and Lawrence Hazelrigg

Current Perspectives in Social Theory invites the submission of papers dedicated to theorizing the dynamics of specific social, cultural, political, and/or economic processes. Papers addressing the nature and importance of ‘‘process’’ in studying modern (industrialized, post-industrial, capitalist, postmodern, globalizing, etc.) societies are welcome – at macro, meso, or micro-scale (or, better yet, at cross or inter-scale). Submissions can have a formally, socially, or critically theoretical orientation. Preference will be given to papers that accomplish one (or more) of  the following:

* invent, develop, and/or demonstrate a theory (or theories) of a specific process (or interrelated processes), with sufficient clarity and scope to serve as an exemplar of such theorizing;
* identify, illustrate by example, and analyze specific problems, including problems of conceptualization and measurement, associated with theorizing the dynamics of social, cultural, political, and/or economic processes;
* connect theorizations of process across different disciplines of inquiry, including physical, chemical, and biological sciences insofar as the connections are shown to be relevant to and involve specific processes in social, cultural, political, and/or economic arenas (e.g. diffusion processes, hysteretic processes, aggregation processes).

Use of formal modelling techniques is acceptable (conditional on effective didactic quality in presentation), and should be addressed to more than the cognoscenti few. Priority will be given to intellectual integrity (rather than ideological orientation). We are eager to support venturesome projects of creative impulse, imagination, and insight – projects that show promise of being fruitfully wrong if not impeccably right.

If you are interested in this call, we urge you to contact either or both of us at the earliest convenience, with a general description of the paper you have in mind. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010.

Harry F. Dahms, Editor (hdahms@utk.edu)
Lawrence Hazelrigg, Associate Editor (lhazelri@fsu.edu)

Harry F. Dahms, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Head, Department of Sociology University of Tennessee; and Editor, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 901 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0490. email hdahms@utk.edu, phone (865) 974-7028, fax (865) 974-7013, http://web.utk.edu/~hdahms/

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