138 looms large in the consciousness of the limited numbers of Europeans occupying an island continent. Enough has been said to indicate the volume's usefulness for non-Australians seeking a learned, lucid, and readable introduction to Australian social problems. Despite its breadth in the social sciences, the book is less diverse and thus more sharply focused than the equally excellent "Australia: Terra Incognita," the Daedalus issue of Winter 1985 that included cultural as well as social subjects. Department of Political Science University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin U.S.A. LEON D. EPSTEIN BOOK REVIEWS Michael Hechter, Karl-Dieter Opp, and Reinhard Wippler (eds.), Social Insti- tutions : Their Emergence, Maintenance, and Effects. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1990. pp. 342. Paul Samuelson, simplistically but with some insight, once characterized sociology and economics in terms of their concern, respectively, with the irrational and the rational aspects of human behavior. The attempt to reconcile this dichotomy is perhaps the main integrating theme of this book. Each of the authors seems to be firmly rooted in the traditional concerns of sociology but drawn to the power they find in rational choice theory. The attempted synthesis is focused on two main concerns: a rational choice understanding
International Journal of Comparative Sociology (in 2002 continued as Comparative Sociology) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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