The “Actors” of Modern Society: The Cultural Construction of Social Agency*

@article{Meyer2000TheO,
  title={The “Actors” of Modern Society: The Cultural Construction of Social Agency*},
  author={John W. Meyer and R. Jepperson},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  year={2000},
  volume={18},
  pages={100 - 120}
}
Much social theory takes for granted the core conceit of modern culture, that modern actors—individuals, organizations, nation states—are autochthonous and natural entities, no longer really embedded in culture. Accordingly, while there is much abstract metatheory about “actors” and their “agency,” there is arguably little theory about the topic. This article offers direct arguments about how the modern (European, now global) cultural system constructs the modern actor as an authorized agent… Expand

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