Released on 2001Categories Social Science

Culture, Structure and Agency

Culture, Structure and Agency

Author: David Rubinstein

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761919287

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 487

This book addresses two key issues in sociological theory: the debate between structural and cultural approaches and the problem of agency. It does this through looking at the work of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim and the ideas of modern theorists like Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, and Talcott Parsons. The book examines economics, rational choice theory, network theory, ethnomethodology, and symbolic interactionism.
Released on 1996-09-26Categories Social Science

Culture and Agency

Culture and Agency

Author: Margaret Scotford Archer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521564417

Category: Social Science

Page: 390

View: 471

Margaret Archer's Culture and Agency was first published in 1988, and proved a seminal contribution to social theory and the case for the role of culture in sociological thought. Described in Sociological Review as 'a timely and sophisticated treatment', the book showed that the 'problems' of culture and agency, on the one hand, and structure and agency, on the other, could be solved using the same analytical framework. In this revised edition of Culture and Agency, Margaret Archer contextualises her argument in 1990s cultural sociology and links it explicitly to her latest book, Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
Released on 2002Categories History

Structure, Culture, and History

Structure, Culture, and History

Author: Sing C. Chew

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0847698378

Category: History

Page: 356

View: 112

Preface p. vii Part I. Structural Analysis: Past, Present, and Future 1. History of Social Structural Analysis Charles Crothers p. 3 2. Social Structure: The Future of a Concept Douglas V. Porpora p. 43 Part II. Culture and Social Structure 3. How Are Structures Meaningful? Cultural Sociology and Theories of Structure Lyn Spillman p. 63 4. Agency, Structure, and Deritualization: A Comparative Investigation of Extreme Disruptions of Social Order J. David Knottnerus p. 85 5. Global Power, Hegemonic Decline, and Culture Narratives Albert J. Bergesen p. 107 6. Situating Hybridity: The Positional Logics of a Discourse Jonathan Friedman p. 125 Part III. History and Social Structure 7. A Structural Theory of the Five Thousand Year World System Barry K. Gills and Andre Gunder Frank p. 151 8. Evolutionary Pulsations in the World System George Modelski and William R. Thompson p. 177 9. Paradigms Bridged: Institutional Materialism and World-Systemic Evolution Christopher Chase-Dunn and Thomas D. Hall p. 197 10. Ecology in Command Sing C. Chew p. 217 11. Applications of Elementary Theory to Social Structures of Antiquity Brent Simpson and David Willer p. 231 Part IV. Micro and Macro Structures: Interactions and Organizations 12. Gender, Institutions, and Difference: The Continuing Importance of Social Structure in Understanding Gender Inequality in Organizations Amy S. Wharton p. 257 13. Social Structure and Social Exchange Joseph Whitmeyer and Karen S. Cook p. 271 14. Social Organizations across Space and Time: The Policy Process, Mesodomain Analysis, and Breadth of Perspective Peter M. Hall and Patrick J.W. McGinty p. 303 15. Acts, Persons, Positions, and Institutions: Legitimating Multiple Objects and Compliance with Authority Henry A. Walker and Larry Rogers and Morris Zelditch p. 323 Index p. 341 Contributor Affiliations p. 343.
Released on 2016-11-10Categories Social Science

Structure, Culture and Agency

Structure, Culture and Agency

Author: Tom Brock

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317392491

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 922

Professor Margaret Archer is a leading critical realist and major contemporary social theorist. This edited collection seeks to celebrate the scope and accomplishments of her work, distilling her theoretical and empirical contributions into four sections which capture the essence and trajectory of her research over almost four decades. Long fascinated with the problem of structure and agency, Archer’s work has constituted a decade-long engagement with this perennial issue of social thought. However, in spite of the deep interconnections that unify her body of work, it is rarely treated as a coherent whole. This is doubtless in part due to the unforgiving rigour of her arguments and prose, but also a byproduct of sociology’s ongoing compartmentalisation. This edited collection seeks to address this relative neglect by collating a selection of papers, spanning Archer’s career, which collectively elucidate both the development of her thought and the value that can be found in it as a systematic whole. This book illustrates the empirical origins of her social ontology in her early work on the sociology of education, as well as foregrounding the diverse range of influences that have conditioned her intellectual trajectory: the systems theory of Walter Buckley, the neo-Weberian analysis of Lockwood, the critical realist philosophy of Roy Bhaskar and, more recently, her engagement with American pragmatism and the Italian school of relational sociology. What emerges is a series of important contributions to our understanding of the relationship between structure, culture and agency. Acting to introduce and guide readers through these contributions, this book carries the potential to inform exciting and innovative sociological research.
Released on 1998-06-28Categories Social Science

The New American Cultural Sociology

The New American Cultural Sociology

Author: Philip Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521586348

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

View: 521

American Cultural Sociology presents a serious challenge to British Cultural Studies and European grand theory alike. This exciting volume brings together sixteen seminal papers by leading figures in what is emerging as an important intellectual tradition. It places them in the context of related work in Sociology and other disciplines, exploring the connections between cultural sociology and different approaches, such as comparative and historical research, postmodernism, and symbolic interactionism. The book is divided into three sections: Culture as Text and Code, The Production and Reception of Culture, and Culture in Action. Each section contains edited contributions, both theoretical and empirical, addressing the key debates in cultural sociology, including the autonomy of culture, power and culture, structure and agency and how to conceptualise meaning.
Released on 2005-11-02Categories Education

Extending Educational Reform

Extending Educational Reform

Author: Amanda Datnow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134550722

Category: Education

Page: 188

View: 490

In an effort to improve student achievement, thousands of US schools have adopted school reform models devised externally by universities and other organizations. Such models have been successful in improving individual schools or groups of schools, but what happens when educational reform attempts to extend from one school to many? Through qualitative data from several studies, this book explores what happens when school reform 'goes to scale'. Topics covered include: *why and how schools are adopting reforms *the influence of the local context and wider constraints on the implementation of reform *teachers and principals as change agents in schools *the evolution of reform design teams *the implementation, sustainability and expiration of reform, and its impact on educational change Each chapter concludes with guidelines for policy and practice. This book will be of interest to educational leaders and staff developers, educational researchers and policy makers, in the US and internationally.
Released on 2012-10-01Categories Education

The Education of the Hispanic Population

The Education of the Hispanic Population

Author: Billie Gastic

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781617359583

Category: Education

Page: 293

View: 873

This volume brings together the latest research and scholarship on Latinos in the United States. This book is special in terms of the broad scope of topics covered and methodologies employed in pursuit of knowledge about Latino students. This collection is also unique in that it features the work of more than a dozen Latino scholars—both early-careerand established—applying their research expertise to investigate and elucidate the educational experiences of Latinos in the United States. The themes that are discussed in the chapters of The Education of the Hispanic Population: Selected Essays, reflect the wide-ranging discussions that are occurring in schools and school districts across the country and issues that are being carefully investigated by researchers who are committed to contributing thoughtful and meaningful scholarship of consequence for improving conditions for Latino youth.
Released on 2016-04-28Categories Social Science

Culture and Activism

Culture and Activism

Author: Elizabeth Cherry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317156161

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

View: 559

Winner of the Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Animals & Society Section of the American Sociological Association This book offers a comparison of the animal rights movements in the US and France, drawing on ethnographic and interview material gathered amongst activists in both countries. Investigating the ways in which culture affects the outcomes of the two movements, the author examines its role as a constraining and enabling structure in both contexts, showing how cultural beliefs, values, and practices at the international, national, and organizational levels shape the strategic and tactical choices available to activists, and shedding light on the reasons for which activists make the choices that they do. With attention to the different emphases placed by the respective movements on ideological purity and pragmatism, this volume provides an account of why their achievements differ in spite of their shared ultimate goals, offering policy recommendations and suggestions for activists working in a variety of cultures. Informed by the work of Giddens and Bourdieu, Culture and Activism: Animal Rights in France and the United States constitutes an empirically grounded, comparative study of activism that will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, political science, and cultural geography with interests in social movements and social problems.
Released on 2008-03-03Categories Science

The Cultural Geography Reader

The Cultural Geography Reader

Author: Timothy Oakes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134113163

Category: Science

Page: 495

View: 925

The Cultural Geography Reader draws together fifty-two classic and contemporary abridged readings that represent the scope of the discipline and its key concepts. Readings have been selected based on their originality, accessibility and empirical focus, allowing students to grasp the conceptual and theoretical tools of cultural geography through the grounded research of leading scholars in the field. Each of the eight sections begins with an introduction that discusses the key concepts, its history and relation to cultural geography and connections to other disciplines and practices. Six to seven abridged book chapters and journal articles, each with their own focused introductions, are also included in each section. The readability, broad scope, and coverage of both classic and contemporary pieces from the US and UK makes The Cultural Geography Reader relevant and accessible for a broad audience of undergraduate students and graduate students alike. It bridges the different national traditions in the US and UK, as well as introducing the span of classic and contemporary cultural geography. In doing so, it provides the instructor and student with a versatile yet enduring benchmark text.
Released on 2019-11-18Categories Religion

Sacramental Theology

Sacramental Theology

Author: Bruce T. Morrill

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783039217182

Category: Religion

Page: 154

View: 405

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, sacramental theology has evolved as a discipline advancing comprehensive theories of sacraments and sacramentality as integral to the Christian faith while also studying the history and theology of the particular rites. Now, in the twenty-first century, the need for attention to the actual performance and specific social settings of sacramental worship has become well established. This makes the work of sacramental theology necessarily engaged with multiple, cross-disciplinary theories attentive to particular contexts, whether local, national, or global. Still, the divine human encounter at the heart of Christian symbol and ritual likewise beckons to philosophical–theological reflection. The essays in this volume begin with profound philosophical perspectives on the personal and communal sacramental experience, expanding from traditional cosmology to evolutionary and chaos theories of our planetary existence, continuing with shifts, especially among youth, to interreligious and non-institutional perspectives, consideration of change in popular notions of guilt, and social–ethical issues in relation to liturgical theology and practice, so as finally to return to fundamental theological reflection on human sacramentality and divine revelation.