Causal Power of Social Structures (BOK)

Dave Elder-Vass

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The problem of structure and agency has been the subject of intense debate in the social sciences for over 100 years. This book offers a solution. Using a critical realist version of the theory of emergence, Dave Elder-Vass argues that, instead of ascribing causal significance to an abstract notion of social structure or a monolithic concept of society, we must recognise that it is specific groups of people that have social structural power. Some of these groups are entities with emergent causal powers, distinct from those of human individuals. Yet these powers also depend on the contributions of human individuals, and this book examines the mechanisms through which interactions between human individuals generate the causal powers of some types of social structures. The Causal Power of Social Structures makes particularly important contributions to the theory of human agency and to our understanding of normative institutions.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Dave Elder-Vass
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521194457
Antall sider 234 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,5cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 531 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd

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