The Problem of Agency
By (author) Margaret Scotford Archer
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Being Human by Margaret Scotford Archer
Book DescriptionHumanity and the very notion of the human subject are under threat from postmodernist thinking which has declared not only the 'Death of God' but also the 'Death of Man'. This book is a revindication of the concept of humanity, rejecting contemporary social theory that seeks to diminish human properties and powers. Archer argues that being human depends on an interaction with the real world in which practice takes primacy over language in the emergence of human self-consciousness, thought, emotionality and personal identity - all of which are prior to, and more basic than, our acquisition of a social identity. This original and provocative new book from leading social theorist Margaret S. Archer builds on the themes explored in her previous books Culture and Agency (CUP 1988) and Realist Social Theory (CUP 1995). It will be required reading for academics and students of social theory, cultural theory, political theory, philosophy and theology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521795647
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret Scotford Archer
Social Conflict and Educational Change in England and France 1789-1848, Paperback (May 2010)
This book analyses the processes of educational change in England and France.
Making Our Way Through the World, Paperback (June 2007)
This book examines 'internal conversations' and their influence on how people make their way through the world.
Transcendence, Paperback (April 2004)
The book explores religious experience as a justifiable reason for religious belief, demonstrating that the three pillars of Critical Realism - ontological intransitivity, epistemic relativity and judgemental rationality - can be applied to religion.
Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation, Paperback (August 2003)» View all books by Margaret Scotford Archer
Explores the relationship between structure and agency through human reflexivity and the internal conversation.
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