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Conditions of the explanatory power of life styles


Rössel, J (2008). Conditions of the explanatory power of life styles. European Sociological Review (ESR), 24(2):231-241.

Abstract

Life style research has become an independent branch of social structural analysis that systematically complements the role of classical research on social inequality in explaining social action. However, there are important gaps in life style research. First, theoretical bases for explaining the statistical connection between life styles and social action are lacking. Secondly, it remains unclear why life styles sometimes are good predictors of social action and sometimes are not. In a first step this article puts forward an action-theoretic framework as a basis for life style research that implies a conceptual shift from life styles to cultural preferences. In a second step it develops three hypotheses that set out the conditions for a high or low explanatory power of cultural preferences. They are empirically tested by way of a data analysis that supports the applicability of the theoretical ideas developed in the paper.

Life style research has become an independent branch of social structural analysis that systematically complements the role of classical research on social inequality in explaining social action. However, there are important gaps in life style research. First, theoretical bases for explaining the statistical connection between life styles and social action are lacking. Secondly, it remains unclear why life styles sometimes are good predictors of social action and sometimes are not. In a first step this article puts forward an action-theoretic framework as a basis for life style research that implies a conceptual shift from life styles to cultural preferences. In a second step it develops three hypotheses that set out the conditions for a high or low explanatory power of cultural preferences. They are empirically tested by way of a data analysis that supports the applicability of the theoretical ideas developed in the paper.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:April 2008
Deposited On:28 Nov 2008 10:15
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:36
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0266-7215
Publisher DOI:10.1093/esr/jcm046
Related URLs:http://esr.oxfordjournals.org/
http://esr.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/24/2/231

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