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Structure, Agency and the Internal Conversation

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ISBN-10: 0521535972

ISBN-13: 9780521535977

Edition: 2003

Authors: Margaret Scotford Archer

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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.
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Book details

List price: $53.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction: how does structure influence agencyi<$$$>
Solitude and Society
The private life of the social subject
From introspection to internal conversation: an unfinished journey in three stages
Reclaiming the internal conversation
The process of mediation between structure and agency
Modes of Reflexivity and Stances Towards Society
Communicative reflexives
Autonomous reflexives
Fractured reflexives
Conclusion: personal powers and social powers