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Archer, Margaret Scotford

Works: 76 works in 544 publications in 5 languages and 13,681 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Margaret Scotford Archer
Being human : the problem of agency by Margaret Scotford Archer( )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 2,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Humanity and the very notion of the human subject are under threat from postmodernist thinking which has declared not only the 'Death of God' but also the 'Death of Man'. This book is a revindication of the concept of humanity, rejecting contemporary social theory that seeks to diminish human properties and powers. Archer argues that being human depends on an interaction with the real world in which practice takes primacy over language in the emergence of human self-consciousness, thought, emotionality and personal identity - all of which are prior to, and more basic than, our acquisition of a social identity." "This original and provocative new book from leading social theorist Margaret S. Archer builds on the themes explored in her previous books Culture and Agency (1988) and Realist Social Theory (1995). It will be required reading for academics and students of social theory, cultural theory, political theory, philosophy and theology."--Jacket
Culture and agency : the place of culture in social theory by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

60 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"People inescapably are shaped by the culture in which they live, while culture itself is made and remade by people. Human beings in their daily lives feel a genuine freedom of thought and belief, yet this is unavoidably constrained by cultural limitations -- such as those by language spoken, the knowledge developed and the information available at any time. Margaret Archer's Culture and Agency, first published in 1988, proved a seminal contribution to the case for the relatively autonomous 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, incorporating two new chapters, 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). A third volume is planned, and together they will constitute a major statement on culture and society by one of the world's leading social theorists" --
Rational choice theory : resisting colonization by Margaret Scotford Archer( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rational Choice Theory is flourishing in sociology and is increasingly influential in other disciplines. Contributors to this volume are convinced that it provides an inadequate conceptualization of all aspects of decision making: of the individuals who make the decisions, of the process by which decisions get made and of the context within which decisions get made. The ciritique focuses on the four assumptions which are the bedrock of rational choice: rationality: the theory's definition of rationality is incomplete, and cannot satisfactorily incorporate norms and emotions individualism: rational choice is based upon atomistic, individual decision makers and cannot account for decisions made by ;couples', 'groups' or other forms of collective action process: the assumption of fixed, well-ordered preferences and 'perfect information' makes the theory inadequate for situations of change and uncertainty aggregation: as methodological individualists, rational choice theorists can only view structure and culture as aggregates and cannot incorporate structural or cultural influences as emergent properties which have an effect upon decision making. The critique is grounded in discussion of a wide range of social issues, including race, marriage, health and education
Woman, society, and change by Évelyne Sullerot( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social origins of educational systems by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

40 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1979, this now classic text presents a major study of the development of educational systems, focusing in detail on those of England, Denmark, France, and Russia - chosen because of their present educational differences and the historical diversity of their cultures and social structures. Professor Archer goes on to provide a theoretical framework which accounts for the major characteristics of national education and the principal changes that such systems have undergone. Now with a new introduction, Social Origins of Educational Systems is vital reading for all tho
Contemporary Europe: class, status and power by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

24 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social conflict and educational change in England and France, 1789-1848 by Michalina Vaughan( Book )

15 editions published between 1971 and 2010 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Realist social theory : the morphogenetic approach by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building on her seminal contribution to social theory in Culture and Agency, in this 1995 book Margaret Archer develops her morphogenetic approach, applying it to the problem of structure and agency. Since structure and agency constitute different levels of stratified social reality, each possesses distinctive emergent properties which are real and causally efficacious but irreducible to one another. The problem, therefore, is shown to be how to link the two rather than conflate them, as has been common theoretical practice. Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach not only rejects methodological individualism and holism, but argues that the debate between them has been replaced by a new one, between elisionary theorising and emergentist theories based on a realist ontology of the social world. The morphogenetic approach is the sociological complement of transcendental realism, and together they provide a basis for non-conflationary theorizing which is also of direct utility to the practising social analyst
Transcendence : critical realism and God by Margaret Scotford Archer( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atheism as a belief does not have to present intellectual credentials within academia. Yet to hold beliefs means giving reasons for doing so, ones which may be found wanting. Instead, atheism is the automatic default setting within the academic world. Conversely, religious belief confronts a double standard. Religious believers are not permitted to make truth claims but are instead forced to present their beliefs as part of one language game amongst many. Religious truth claims are expected to satisfy empiricist criteria of evidence but when they fail, as they must, religious belief b
Making our way through the world : human reflexivity and social mobility by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

15 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do we reflect upon ourselves and our concerns in relation to society, and vice versa? Human reflexivity works through 'internal conversations' using language, but also emotions, sensations and images
Contemporary Europe : social structures and cultural patterns by Salvador Giner( Book )

15 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Structure, agency, and the internal conversation by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Students, university and society: a comparative sociological review by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

16 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social Morphogenesis by Margaret Scotford Archer( )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The rate of social change has speeded up in the last three decades, but how do we explain this? This volume ventures what the generative mechanism is that produces such rapid change and discusses how this differs from late Modernity. Contributors examine if an intensification of morphogenesis (positive feedback that results in a change in social form) and a corresponding reduction in morphostasis (negative feedback that restores or reproduces the form of the social order) best captures the process involved. This volume resists proclaiming a new social formation as so many books written by empiricists have done by extrapolating from empirical data. Until we can convincingly demonstrate that a new generative mechanism is at work, it is premature to argue what accounts for the global changes that are taking place and where they will lead. More concisely we seek to answer the question whether or not current social change can be regarded as social morphogenesis. Only then, in the next volumes will the same team of authors be able to remove the question mark."--Publisher's website
Critical realism : essential readings by Margaret Archer( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This reader is designed to make accessible in one volume, to lay person and academic, student and teacher alike, key readings to stimulate debate about and within critical realism
Late modernity : trajectories towards morphogenic society by Margaret Scotford Archer( )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume examines the reasons for intensified social change after 1980; a peaceful process of a magnitude that is historically unprecedented. It examines the kinds of novelty that have come about through morphogenesis and the elements of stability that remain because of morphostasis. It is argued that this pattern cannot be explained simply by 'acceleration'. Instead, we must specify the generative mechanism(s) involved that underlie and unify ordinary people's experiences of different disjunctions in their lives. The book discusses the umbrella concept of 'social morphogenesis' and the possibility of transition to a 'Morphogenic Society'. It examines possible 'generative mechanisms' accounting for the effects of 'social morphogenesis' in transforming previous and much more stable practices. Finally, it seeks to answer the question of what is required in order to justify the claim that Morphogenic society can supersede modernity. {OCLCbr#A0} {OCLCbr#A0}
Defending objectivity : essays in honour of Andrew Collier( )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrew Collier is the boldest defender of objectivity - in science, knowledge, thought, action, politics, morality and religion. In this tribute and acknowledgement of the influence his work has had on a wide readership, his colleagues show that they have been stimulated by his thinking and offer challenging responses. This wide-ranging book covers key areas with which defenders of objectivity often have to engage. Sections are devoted to the following: objectivity of value ; objectivity and everyday knowledge ; objectivity in political economy ; objectivity and reflexivity ; objectivity postmodernism and feminism; objectivity and nature. The diverse contributions range from social and political thought to philosophy, reflecting the central themes of Collier's work
The Sociology of educational expansion : take-off, growth, and inflation in educational systems by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

13 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reflexive imperative in late modernity by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

16 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book completes Margaret Archer's trilogy investigating the role of reflexivity in mediating between structure and agency. What do young people want from life? Using analysis of family experiences and life histories, her argument respects the properties and powers of both structures and agents and presents the 'internal conversation' as the site of their interplay. In unpacking what 'social conditioning' means, Archer demonstrates the usefulness of 'relational realism'. She advances a new theory of relational socialisation, appropriate to the 'mixed messages' conveyed in families that are rarely normatively consensual and thus cannot provide clear guidelines for action. Life-histories are analysed to explain the making and breaking of the various modes of reflexivity. Different modalities have been dominant from early societies to the present and the author argues that modernity is slowly ceding place to a 'morphogenetic society' as meta-reflexivity now begins to predominate, at least amongst educated young people"--Provided by publisher
Current research in sociology : published on the occasion of the VIIIth World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada, August 18-24, 1974 by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )

23 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Being human : the problem of agency
Culture and agency : the place of culture in social theoryRational choice theory : resisting colonizationSocial conflict and educational change in England and France, 1789-1848Realist social theory : the morphogenetic approachTranscendence : critical realism and GodMaking our way through the world : human reflexivity and social mobilityStructure, agency, and the internal conversationCritical realism : essential readingsDefending objectivity : essays in honour of Andrew Collier
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