Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation
By (author) Margaret Scotford Archer
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Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation by Margaret Scotford Archer
Book DescriptionThe central problem of social theory is 'structure and agency'. How do the objective features of society influence human agents? Determinism is not the answer, nor is conditioning as currently conceptualised. It accentuates the way structure and culture shape the social context in which individuals operate, but it neglects our personal capacity to define what we care about most and to establish a modus vivendi expressive of our concerns. Through inner dialogue, 'the internal conversation', individuals reflect upon their social situation in the light of current concerns and projects. On the basis of a series of unique, in-depth interviews, Archer identifies three distinctive forms of internal conversation. These govern agents' responses to social conditioning, their individual patterns of social mobility and whether or not they contribute to social stability or change. Thus the internal conversation is seen as being the missing link between society and the individual, structure and agency.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521535977
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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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.
Being Human, Hardback (December 2000)» View all books by Margaret Scotford Archer
A revindication of the concept of humanity and the primacy of practice over language.
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Author Biography - Margaret Scotford Archer
Margaret S. Archer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. An internationally respected social theorist, she was the first woman to become President of the International Sociological Association and is a former editor of Current Sociology. Previous publications include Culture and Agency (1988), Realist Social Theory (1995), Being Human: The Problem of Agency (2000).
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