The Social Invention of Collective Actors

  title={The Social Invention of Collective Actors},
  author={Jesper Pedersen and F. Dobbin},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={431 - 443}
  • Jesper Pedersen, F. Dobbin
  • Published 1997
  • Sociology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
  • Since the middle of the 19th century, the formal organization has been constructed as a legitimate collective actor in and of itself. How did it rise to sit alongside the nation-state as one of the principal forms of collective action in modern society? The authors argue that the scientific epistemology of the Enlightenment provided a model in which the social world, like the natural world, was to be understood through the classification of forms and the enumeration of particular instantiations… CONTINUE READING
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