The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology

This handbook on relational sociology is about a rapidly growing approach in the social sciences; an approach which is connected to the interests of a large, diverse pool of researchers across a range of disciplines.The book aims to elucidate the complexi

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The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology

François Dépelteau Editor

The Palgrave Handbook of Relational Sociology

Editor François Dépelteau Laurentian University Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

ISBN 978-3-319-66004-2    ISBN 978-3-319-66005-9 (eBook) Library of Congress Control Number: 2017963365 © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018 This work is subject to copyright. All rights are solely and exclusively licensed by the Publisher, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, ­reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilms or in any other physical way, and transmission or information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed. The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. The publisher, the authors and the editors are safe to assume that the advice and information in this book are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication. Neither the publisher nor the authors or the editors give a warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein or for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. Cover design by Jenny Vong Printed on acid-free paper This Palgrave Macmillan imprint is published by Springer Nature The registered company is Springer International Publishing AG The registered company address is: Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland

The Promises of the Relational Turn in Sociology

The Goals By publishing handbooks, Palgrave Macmillan’s objective is to provide overviews of specific fields of research. Those publications are principally for specialists and students. By and large, these books present the general goals, approaches, concepts, methods, and past and ongoing researches proper to the field. It is also expected that these voluminous publications will contribute to setting the agenda for future developments within the discipline. With these two ambitious goals in mind, I quickly accepted the invitation to edit a handbook of relational sociology. The timing was too propitious to decline the offer. Indeed, relational thinking has spread to other disciplines such as psychology, psychoanalysis, archaeology, economics, social work, international relations and political science. There are texts on risk assessment for suicide, qualitative methods, social theory, the study of radicalization, emotions, music, football fan clubs, social movements, family farm resilience, the study of personal decisions and s