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the level of sociological analysis in which the focus is on face-to-face interactions in everyday life, on behaviour in groups, etc. (see SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM, ETHNOMETHODOLOGY). While often concerned with understanding individual meanings (see MEANINGFUL UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLANATION), microsociology does not confine itself to particular forms of explanatory accounts. Compare MACROSOCIOLOGY.



one of the names given to a school in bourgeois sociology that arose in the 1920’s and that studies interaction in small groups as the basic model for all social relations. The term is usually applied to the theories of G. Gurvitch and J. Moreno. A more widely used term is “sociometry.”

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While psychologists and micro-sociology focuses on the individual, the greater context is often excluded from theories and concepts.
It is the honing of this wider lens, coupled with his ability to appreciate the strengths that micro-sociology offered to historians, that would inform and drive his later studies on ethno- and social history.
The discussion situates Collins' contributions as part of an intellectual trajectory that incorporates elements of critical sociology and the micro-sociology of interaction.
Emphasizing the human experience, they examine the cultural sociology of the arts, pop culture, organization, education, race and ethnicity, sexuality, science and technology, social inequalities, sociology of law, economic sociology, micro-sociology, culture implicated in the exercise of power, the constitutive role of culture, and recent empirical sociological research that positions culture both as an orientation and a subject matter in the context of American sociology.
Through this and other examples, Finlay offers insights into the micro-sociology of the workplace, tempered by a look at the economic and historical forces that shape it.