Processual Sociology

Processual Sociology

Andrew Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780226336596

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


This book sets out positively what a vision of processual sociology looks like. The processual approach presumes that everything in the social world is continuously in the process of making, remaking, and unmaking itself (and other things), instant by instant. This approach begins by theorizing the making and unmaking of individuals, social entities, cultural structures, patterns of conflict as the social process unfolds in time. In a word, the processual approach is fundamentally, essentially historical. All of the micro elements with which the other approaches begin are themselves macrostructures in the processual approach. Their stability is something to be explained, not presumed.