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Realist Social Theory
By Margaret Scotford Archer

Realist Social Theory

The Morphogenetic Approach

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Realist Social Theory by Margaret Scotford Archer

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Building on her seminal contribution to social theory in Culture and Agency, in this 1995 book Margaret Archer develops her morphogenetic approach, applying it to the problem of structure and agency. Since structure and agency constitute different levels of stratified social reality, each possesses distinctive emergent properties which are real and causally efficacious but irreducible to one another. The problem, therefore, is shown to be how to link the two rather than conflate them, as has been common theoretical practice. Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach not only rejects methodological individualism and holism, but argues that the debate between them has been replaced by a new one, between elisionary theorising and emergentist theories based on a realist ontology of the social world. The morphogenetic approach is the sociological complement of transcendental realism, and together they provide a basis for non-conflationary theorizing which is also of direct utility to the practising social analyst.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521484428
ISBN-10: 0521484421
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Making Our Way Through the World by Margaret Scotford Archer Making Our Way Through the World, Paperback (June 2007)

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Transcendence by Margaret Scotford Archer 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 by Margaret Scotford Archer Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation, Paperback (August 2003)

Explores the relationship between structure and agency through human reflexivity and the internal conversation.

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