Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation

Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation

by Margaret S. Archer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521829062

ISBN-13: 9780521829069

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A central question of social theory is: How do society's objective features influence its members to reproduce or transform society through their actions? This volume examines how objective social conditioning is mediated by the subjective reflexivity of individuals. On the basis of a series of in-depth interviews, Margaret Archer identifies the mediatory

Overview

A central question of social theory is: How do society's objective features influence its members to reproduce or transform society through their actions? This volume examines how objective social conditioning is mediated by the subjective reflexivity of individuals. On the basis of a series of in-depth interviews, Margaret Archer identifies the mediatory mechanism as "internal conversations" that are expressed in forms governing agents' responses to social conditioning, their individual patterns of social mobility, and whether or not they contribute to social stability or change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521829069
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

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 three stages; 3. Reclaiming the internal conversation; 4. The process of mediation between structure and agency; Part II. Modes of Reflexivity and Stances Towards Society: 5. Communicative reflexives; 6. Autonomous reflexives; 7. Meta-reflexives; 8. Fractured reflexives; Conclusion: personal powers and social powers.

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