This was a treat to find. And reassuring as it is basically the trajectory I am trying to follow.
Blau Exchange: Charles Tilly Interview
If you have any advice for the next generation of scholars and researchers in the social sciences, what would you like to tell them?
Don’t get blindsided by neuroscience, which is going to make individualistic, brain-centered accounts of human behavior even more popular for the next ten years or so. Anticipate the following phase, when even the neuroscientists will begin to recognize the importance of social interaction in the formation of individuals.
Along similar lines…. if you have any hopes for the next generation of scholars, what would you like to ask of them?
Figure out how to do relational analyses that provide valid explanations of individual behavior and are accessible (at least in simplified form) to readers outside of social science.