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Actions and Structure : Research Methods and Social Theory - Nigel G. Fielding

Actions and Structure

Research Methods and Social Theory

By: Nigel G. Fielding (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1988
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Social scientists have always recognised a divergence between approaches which emphasise the constraining power of social structure and those which interpret society through the cumulative effects of actions of individuals. In recent years there has been renewed interest in the latter through the micro-sociology of everyday life. Social scientists are now taking stock of the implications of micro-sociological research for the analysis of structure and the macro-level theory of society. In Actions and Structure the value of micro-sociological research for the analysis of social order is assessed. Individual chapters evaluate new research approaches from discourse and conversational analysis, mathematical, interactionist and phenomenological sociologies and network analysis. Throughout the authors assess how these approaches contribute to current debates around theoretical formulations of organization, structure and power.

`This collection takes on issues of the first importance for sociology. The opening 'theory' chapters attempt to refine our understanding of the ontological configurations involved in perceiving structure and agency as a duality. Then comes the great novelty of the work in that the remaining papers address the issue of how knowledge of this duality should inform empirical research.... at the micro level there is knowledgeability in abundance here and Fielding and SAGE are to be congratulated for getting it out.' - Sociology

Between Micro and Macro
The Micro-Social Order
Autonomy Among Social Theories
Semiotics and Social Theory
Micro-Sociology and Power
Micro-Sociology and Micro-Economics
Micro-Sociology and the 'Duality of Structure'
Individual and Social Connections
The 'Structuration' of Action
Micro-Sociology and Macro Theory
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ISBN: 9780803981478
ISBN-10: 0803981473
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st August 1988
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39