Culture and Agency: The Place of Culture in Social Theory / Edition 2by Margaret S. Archer
Pub. Date: 05/28/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is a revised edition of Margaret Archer's Culture and Agency (CUP, 1988), a seminal contribution to social theory and the case for the role of culture in sociological thought. Described as "a timely and sophisticated treatment", the book showed that the "problems" of culture and agency and structure and agency could be solved using the same analytical framework. The revised edition contextualizes the argument in 1990s sociology and links it to Professor Archer's latest book, Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach (CUP, 1995).
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Table of Contents1. The myth of cultural integration; Part I. Rejecting Cultural Conflation: 2. 'Downwards conflation': on keys, codes and cohesion; 3. 'Upwards conflation': the duality of culture; 4. 'Central conflation: the duality of culture; Part II. Reconceuptualizing Cultural Dynamics: 5. Addressing the Cultural System; 6. Contradictions and complementarities in the cultural system; 7. Socio-Cultural interaction; 8. Elaboration of the Cultural System; 9. Toeards theoretical unification: structure, culture and morphogenesis; 10. 'Social Integration and System Integration'
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