Peter Hedström

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Peter Hedström is one of the founders of and a well-known authority in the field of analytical sociology
Analytical sociology
Analytical sociology is a strategy for understanding the social world. It is concerned with explaining important macro-level facts such as the diffusion of various social practices, patterns of segregation, network structures, typical beliefs, and common ways of acting...

. He has made important contributions to the analysis of social contagion processes and complex social network
Social network
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s, as well as to the philosophical and meta-theoretical foundations of analytical sociology. He is one of the key contributors to the literature on social mechanisms.

Hedström is Professor of Sociology and Official Fellow of Nuffield College
Nuffield College, Oxford
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, University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard University
Harvard University
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 in 1987. He then took a post as Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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, and, in 1989, he became Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University
Stockholm University
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. In 2002, he assumed his present position at the University of Oxford. He is Past President of the Swedish Sociological Association and has served as editor of Acta Sociologica
Acta Sociologica
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and as associate editor of the American Journal of Sociology
American Journal of Sociology
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, Annual Review of Sociology, and Rationality and Society. He is past President of the European Academy of Sociology
European Academy of Sociology
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, Secretary-General of the International Institute of Sociology
International Institute of Sociology (IIS)
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, and a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
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Key publications

  • P. Hedström and P. Bearman (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • P. Hedström Dissecting the Social: On the Principles of Analytical Sociology. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • P. Hedström and R. Swedberg (eds.) Social Mechanisms: An Analytical Approach to Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

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