Conference on the Legacy of Raymond Boudon 2014

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ETH Zurich, 29-30 May 2014

Raymond Boudon
Source: http://www.gemass.fr/spip.php?article3770

Raymond Boudon’s pioneering work has strongly influenced contemporary sociology, especially rational choice/analytical sociology and research on education and social stratification. While others merely retell the work of classical sociologists, Boudon exploited the ideas of Weber, Durkheim, de Tocqueville and other classical sociologists in a unique way. Building on the sociological tradition, he was able to demonstrate the fruitful synthesis of classical ideas and modern analytical tools such as mathematical models, simulation methods and game theory. In doing so, Boudon succeeded in opening up black boxes, unravelling the mechanisms that generate the social phenomena to be explained.

The conference on Raymond Boudon’s legacy will discuss contemporary sociological research and theory building in Boudon’s tradition. Among other topics, the following aspects of his work will be discussed:

  • Critical appraisal of theories, models, model extensions and simulation studies
  • Empirical tests of theoretical models and hypothesis
  • Theory and concepts of rationality and ideology
  • Theory of education, inequality and mobility
  • Methodological issues
  • Impact on sociology

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Speakers

Social Theory I: Rationality

S. Lindenberg: Goal-Framing versus Cognitive Rationality

A. Maurer: Raymond

Boudon’s General Theory of Rationality Reconstructed in the Spirit of Max Weber

K.-D. Opp: The Explanation of Everything. A Critical Analysis of Raymond Boudon’s Social Theory

Social Theory II: Micro-Macro

W. Raub: Raymond Boudon, Micro-Macro Modeling, and Application of Game Theory in Sociology: Progress, Open Problems, and a Case Study

J. Lautman: Along with Boudon's Cognitive Rationality: Explorations in Sociology of Organizations and Comparative Macro Sociology

Social Theory III: Mechanisms and Simulation Models

V. Müller-Benedict: Boudon's Contribution to Simulation Models - Two Examples

A. Kyrtsis: Mechanisms and Complexity: Boudon’s Non-deterministic Theory of History and Its Relationship to Social Network Analysis

Diverse Topics

G. Müller: Fuzzy Logic, Cognitive Rationality, and the Indeterminate Truth of Beliefs

Social Inequalities I: Relative Deprivation

G. Manzo: Opportunity, Comparisons, and Satisfaction: An Agent-Based Model of Relative Deprivation

J. Berger & A. Diekmann: The Logic of Relative Frustration. Boudon’s Competition Model and Experimental Evidence

Social Inequalities II: Education

R. Becker: Sociological Research on Inequality of Educational Opportunity - The Legacy of Raymond Boudon

H. Meulemann & I. Relikowski: Social Change in Social Selection. Primary and Secondary Effects on Secondary School Transition in the German Federal State Hesse 1969 and 2007

H. Esser: Educational Inequality and Educational Systems: The Role of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Effects.

M. Grätz: Competing with Your Siblings: Inequality, Education, and Opportunity within Families

H. Dietrich: From Educational Aspiration to Attainment - The Adaption Process in the Last Year of Compulsory Schooling

Book Presentation

Felix Wolter

Conference Program

Thursday, 29 May

09:00 - 09:30      Reception | Coffee Break

Social Theory I: Rationality

09:30 - 10:00      Andreas Diekmann
Welcoming Address: Boudon’s Sociology - Classical Thoughts and Modern Analyses

10:00 - 10:45      Siegwart Lindenberg
Goal-Framing versus Cognitive Rationality

10:45 - 11:30      Andrea Maurer
Raymond Boudon’s General Theory of Rationality Reconstructed in the Spirit of Max Weber

11:30 - 12:15      Karl-Dieter Opp
The Explanation of Everything. A Critical Analysis of Raymond Boudon’s Social Theory

Lunch Break

Social Theory II: Micro-Macro

13:45 - 14:30      Werner Raub
Raymond Boudon, Micro-Macro Modeling, and Application of Game Theory in Sociology: Progress, Open Problems, and a Case Study

14:30 - 15:15      Jacques Lautman
Along with Boudon's Cognitive Rationality: Explorations in Sociology of Organizations and Comparative Macro Sociology

Social Inequalities I: Relative Deprivation

15:15 - 16:00      Gianluca Manzo
Opportunity, Comparisons, and Satisfaction: An Agent - Based Model of Relative Deprivation

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:15      Joël Berger & Andreas Diekmann
The Logic of Relative Frustration. Boudon’s Competition Model and Experimental Evidence

Diverse Topics

17:15 - 18:00      Georg Müller
Fuzzy Logic, Cognitive Rationality, and the Indeterminate Truth of Beliefs

19:30     Conference Dinner on the Üetliberg

Friday, 30 May

Social Theory III: Mechanisms and Simulation Models

09:30 - 10:15      Volker Müller-Benedict
Boudon’s Contribution to Simulation Models - Two Examples

10:15 - 11:00      Alexandros Kyrtsis
Mechanisms and Complexity: Boudon’s Non-deterministic Theory of History and Its Relationship to Social Network Analysis

Book Presentation

11:00 - 11:30      Felix Wolter

Social Inequalities II: Education

11:30 - 12:15      Rolf Becker
Sociological Research on Inequality of Educational Opportunity - The Legacy of Raymond Boudon

Lunch Break

13:45 - 14:30      Heiner Meulemann & Ilona Relikowski
Social Change in Social Selection. Primary and Secondary Effects on Secondary School Transition in the German Federal State Hesse 1969 and 2007

14:30 - 15:15      Hartmut Esser
Educational Inequality and Educational Systems: The Role of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Effects.

15:15 - 16:00      Michael Grätz
Competing with Your Siblings: Inequality, Education, and Opportunity within Families

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:15      Hans Dietrich
From Educational Aspiration to Attainment - The Adaption Process in the Last Year of Compulsory Schooling

18:40     Boat Cruise and Farewell Dinner

 

Conference Venue

ETH Zurich

Alumni Pavilion MM C 78.1
Leonhardsstrasse 34

8001 Zürich

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Getting There

ETH is located not far from the city center and main railway station (Hauptbahnhof/Main Station)

From Zurich Airport:

  • Traveling to ETH: Tram no. 10 (direction Bahnhofplatz/HB) to tram stop ETH/Universitätsspital
    The tram operates daily from 6 a.m to 11 p.m. with trams departing every 7 to 15 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes
  • Traveling to the city center (Hauptbahnhof/Main Station): S-Bahn or train. The trains leave from the station Zürich Flughafen every 15 minutes. Journey time: approx. 10 minutes
  • Some hotels offer a shuttle bus service. Please ask the hotel when you book your room

From Zurich Hauptbahnhof/Main Station:

  • From tram stop Bahnhofstrasse/HB:
    Tram no. 6 (direction Zoo) to tram stop ETH/Universitätsspital
    Journey time: approx. 6 minutes
  • From tram stop Bahnhofplatz/HB:
    Tram no. 10 (direction Flughafen or Bahnhof Oerlikon) to tram stop ETH/Universitätsspital
    Tram no. 3 (direction Klusplatz) to tram stop Central (first stop). From Central by Polybahn funicular (departs every 3 minutes) to the ETH Polyterrasse. Journey time: approx. 8 minutes

Accommodation

We will book accommodation for invited speakers. Contributing participants are asked to book their own rooms. We recommend you book your hotel as soon as possible!

The hotels listed here are all located in the vicinity of the conference venue. A small rebate on room rates might be offered if you mention that you are attending a conference at ETH.

More hotels as well as information on sight-seeing, museums, etc. may be found at www.zuerich.com (Zurich Tourism) and www.zuerich.info (Official Web Portal of Zurich).

 

 
 
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