Harrison White

Harrison White nsIn hmolscience, Harrison White (1930-) is an American sociologist noted for his 1992 physics metaphor sociology arguments about identity and control.

In 1992, White, in his Identity and Control, outlined social life based on atoms and molecules using a blurry sort of metaphorical scheme in which he views the social molecule as a discipline. [1] In whites’ scheme: “each human is in more than one social molecule”. [2] White also dabbles a bit in thermodynamics metaphors, such as “temperatures of colonialism”, a type of social temperature theory. [3]

In 1945, White, being an accelerated learner of sorts, at age 15, entered MIT, completing his BS in 1950 (age 20), and PhD in 1955 (age 25) in theoretical physics, after which he started doctoral studies in sociology at Princeton.

The following are representative quotes:

“Control and production, analogous to temperature and force-gradients, are the impetuses to social process. Both are social analogue to space and the analogue to molecule are emergent and negotiable; they are context and identity established by chance. But surely that is true of their physical analogues too.”
— Harrison White (1992), Identity and Control (pg. 175)

1. Smith, Christian. (2010). What is a Person? (pg. 256). University of Chicago Press.
2. White, Harrison C. (1993). Careers and Creativity: Social Forces in the Arts (pg. 49). Westview Press.
3. White, Harrison C. (1992). Identity and Control. Princeton University Press.

External links
‚óŹ Harrison White – Wikipedia.

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