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Being Human: The Problem of Agency
Part I. The Impoverishment of Humanity: 1. Resisting the dissolution of humanity 2. Modernity's man 3. Society's Being: humanity as the gift of society Part II. The Emergence of Self Consciousness:
Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation
Introduction: how does structure influence agency? Part I. Solitude and Society: 1. The private life of the social subject 2. From introspection to internal conversation: an unfinished journey in
Making our Way through the World: Human Reflexivity and Social Mobility
Introduction. Reflexivity: the unacknowledged condition of social life Part I: 1. Reflexivity's biographies 2. Reflexivity in action 3. Reflexivity and working at social positioning Part II:
Culture and Agency: The Place of Culture in Social Theory
People are inescapably shaped by the culture in which they live, while culture itself is made and remade by people. Human beings in their daily lives feel a genuine freedom of thought and belief, yet
The Reflexive Imperative in Late Modernity
Introduction 1. A brief history of how reflexivity becomes imperative 2. The reflexive imperative versus habits and habitus 3. Re-conceptualizing socialization as 'relational reflexivity' 4.
Social origins of educational systems
Margaret Archer's Social Origins of Educational Systems (SAGE, 1979) has been hailed as a landmark in the sociology of education. It provides a major historical and structural comparison of state
Critical Realism : Essential Readings
Critical realism is a movement in philosophy and the human sciences most closely associated with the work of Roy Bhaskar. Since the publication of Bhaskars A Realist Theory of Science, critical
Morphogenesis versus structuration: on combining structure and action. 1982.
  • M. Archer
  • Sociology
    The British journal of sociology
  • 1 December 1982
The fundamental problem of linking human agency and social structure stalks through the history of sociological theory. Basically it concerns how to develop an adequate theoretical account which