Edited by Patrick Doreian and Thomas Fararo
A brief description
The problem of solidarity in human groups and societies is a fundamental and enduring topic in sociological theory and social thought. In the world and at large, solidarity is a key problem. At present, the world is undergoing tremendous social, cultural and economic transformation. Social systems once believed to be secure have broken down; antiquated hostilities based on ethnic identities have been revived. Yet the globalization of the economy seems to be driving a process of integration at the world level. For sociologists, the challenge is arriving at a sound, cognitive mapping of this confusing situation. However mapped, the problem of solidarity looms large as a problem both for prtits in these processes and for those who take the role of dispassionate analyst.
Contributors to The problem of Solidarity take a step back from the evident turmoil in the world to pose solidarity as a cognitive problem of basic science. What is solidarity? How is it produced and reproduced? How is it related to social processes? How can we formalize such processes and create conditions for studying their properties fruitfully? The analyses presented in this book are on the research frontier, as the authors aim to present a sustained and focused discussion of solidarity, and to lay out a coherent agenda for mathematical sociology with regard to the fundamental problem of solidarity.