Sociological Theory 30 (3):187-205 (2012)

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Jaakko Kuorikoski
University of Helsinki
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Human behavior is not always independent of the ways in which humans are scientifically classified. That there are looping effects of human kinds has been used as an argument for the methodological separation of the natural and the human sciences and to justify social constructionist claims. We suggest that these arguments rely on false presuppositions and present a mechanisms-based account of looping that provides a better way to understand the phenomenon and its theoretical and philosophical implications.
Keywords looping effect  classification  social construction  middle-range theory  social mechanism
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