Cognitive sociology

Barry Saferstein
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Cognitive sociology examines the interpretive processes of everyday social interaction as well as problem solving in organizational contexts. A principal finding is that cognition is inherently social and cultural — not merely in terms of the subjects of reasoning, but in terms of reasoning processes. Furthermore, ethnographically informed analysis of interaction demonstrates that social interpretive processes and formal authority structures are interrelated. The study of this interrelation explicates the nature of order and power in particular social settings.

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