Mustafa Emirbayer

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American sociologist

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Mustafa Emirbayer Is a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He graduated with his B.A. from the University of California, Davis and earned his M.A. and Ph.D from Harvard University.

He has published several articles and books about classic and contemporary sociological theory. His Race in America (written with M. Desmond), is a widely used textbook for undergraduate sociology students. He was honored by the American Sociological Association for The Racial Order, which received their Theory Prize. His research interests have included civil society, psychoanalytics, pragmatic philosophy, relational sociology, and the public sphere.

He has been the editor-in-chief of Sociological Theory journal, and was instrumental to the development of The New York School of relational sociology, along with colleagues, Charles Tilly and Harrison White. Network Analysis Culture, and the Problem of Agency, written in collaboration with colleague Jeff Goodwin, won the Clifford Geertz Award for Best Article in Cultural Sociology in 1994. His most frequently cited work was an article co-written with Ann Mische, What is Agency?, which examined human agency through the lens of routine and purpose.

Formerly a chair for the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association, Emirbayer is now the editor of Sociological Theory.

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According to Wikipedia, Mustafa Emirbayer is an American sociologist and professor of sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is known for his theoretical contributions to social network analysis, and is "one of the most vocal advocates of the relational approach in the social sciences." In 2009 he won the Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting from the American Sociological Association.

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