American Sociological Association

Coleman’s Boat Revisited: Causal Sequences and the Micro-macro Link

This article argues that empirical social scientists can be freed from having to account for “micro-to-macro transitions.” The article shows, in opposition to the (still) dominant perspective based on Coleman’s macro-micro-macro model, that no micro-macro transitions or mechanisms connect the individual level to the macro level in empirical social science. Rather, when considering that social macro entities and properties are micro manifest rather than macro manifest, it becomes clear that the micro-macro move in empirical social science is purely conceptual or analytical.

Authors

Gustav Ramström

Volume

36

Issue

4

Starting Page

368

Ending Page

391