Built upon decades of experience at the frontiers of history and social science, Charles Tilly's newest book offers innovative methods and approaches that are applicable in a wide range of disciplines: politics, sociology, anthropology, history, economics, and more. The book covers approaches to analysis ranging from interpersonal exchanges to world-historical changes-economic, political, and social. He shows how a thoroughgoing relational account of social processes, coupled with the careful identification of causal mechanisms, illuminates variation and change in the ways people live at the small scale and the large.
PART I: Introduction Chapter 1: Method and Explanation PART II: Concepts and Observations Chapter 2: Systems, Dispositions, and Transactions in Social Analysis Chapter 3: Observations of Social Processes and Their Formal Representations Chapter 4: Even Catalogs as Theories Chapter 5: Iron City Blues Chapter 6: Why Read the Classics? PART III: Explanations and Comparisons Chapter 7: To Explain Political Processes Chapter 8: Means and Ends of Comparison in Macrosociology Chapter 9: Terror, Terrorism, and Terrorists Chapter 10: Linkers, Diggers, and Glossers in Social Analysis PART IV: Historical Social Analysis Chapter 11: History and Sociological Imagining Chapter 12: Historical Analysis of Political Processes Chapter 13: What Good Is Urban History? Chapter 14: Anglo-American Social History Since 1945 Chapter 15: Three Visions of History and Theory PART V: Conclusion Chapter 16: Epilogue