Peter Abell

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Peter Abell
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Professor Peter Abell
Born 1939
London, United Kingdom
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Fields Social scientist
Institutions
Alma mater University of Leeds

Peter Abell (born 1939) is a British social scientist, currently professor emeritus at the London School of Economics where he has founded and directed the "Interdisciplinary Institute of Management".[1] He has been teaching for many years at LSE's Department of Management, managerial economics and strategy group.

Work[edit]

He is known for his contribution to mathematical social science, both quantitative and qualitative. He is the author of several books on methodology and individual participation and co-operation[2] and currently focuses on an approach he coined Bayesian narratives and on network analysis particularly the role of signed structures in group formation and identity change.

Political activism[edit]

During the 1960s Abell was involved in demonstrations organised by the Committee of 100 in Trafalgar Square[3] and advocated for civil disobedience and nuclear disarmament.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

Books (selected)[edit]

  • Model Building in Sociology (Basic ideas in the human sciences) (1971)
  • Organizations as bargaining and influence systems Edited volume (1975)
  • The syntax of social life: The theory and method of comparative narratives Oxford University Press(1987)
  • Establishing Support Systems for Industrial Co-Operatives: Case Studies from the Third World (1988)
  • Organisation Theory; An interdisciplinary Approach University of London Press (2006)

Book chapters and papers in refereed journals (selected)[edit]

  • 'Some Aspects of Narrative Method' Journal of Mathematical Sociology 1993 18:1-25.
  • 'On the Prospects of a unified Social Science' Socio-economic Review, 2003, 1, 1-27
  • 'Narrative explanation: An alternative to variable-centered explanation?', Annual Review of Sociology, 2004, 287-310.
  • 'Narratives, Bayesian narratives and narrative actions' Sociologica 2007, 1:3
  • 'Are reasons explanations?.' Contemporary Sociology 2007, 36:532-534
  • 'A Case for Cases,Comparative Narratives in Sociological Explanation' Sociological Methods and Research 2009, 32:1-33
  • 'Singular Mechanisms and Bayesian Narratives' in Demeulenaere, Pierre, ed. Analytical sociology and social mechanisms Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Abell's CV 2011" (PDF). London School of Economics. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "European Academy of Sociology - Fellows". European Academy of Sociology. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Leeds students arrested after sit-down demonstrations" (PDF) (Press release). Union News - The Weekly Newspaper of Leeds University Union. September 29, 1961. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Letters - The Head and the Heart" (PDF) (Press release). Union News - Leeds University Union. October 13, 1961. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

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