Making Our Way Through the World
Human Reflexivity and Social Mobility
By (author) Margaret Scotford Archer
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Making Our Way Through the World by Margaret Scotford Archer
Book DescriptionHow do we reflect upon ourselves and our concerns in relation to society, and vice versa? Human reflexivity works through 'internal conversations' using language, but also emotions, sensations and images. Most people acknowledge this 'inner-dialogue' and can report upon it. However, little research has been conducted on 'internal conversations' and how they mediate between our ultimate concerns and the social contexts we confront. In this book, Margaret Archer argues that reflexivity is progressively replacing routine action in late modernity, shaping how ordinary people make their way through the world. Using interviewees' life and work histories, she shows how 'internal conversations' guide the occupations people seek, keep or quit; their stances towards structural constraints and enablements; and their resulting patterns of social mobility.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521874236
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2007
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, Hardback (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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Author Biography - Margaret Scotford Archer
Margaret S. Archer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. She has written over twenty books including Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation (2003) and Being Human: The Problem of Agency (Cambridge, 2000).
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