Margaret Archer on Structural and Cultural Morphogenesis

Margaret S. Archer: Realist Social Theory: the Morphogenetic Approach and Culture and Agency. The Place of Culture in Social Theory. Revised Edition. With this revised edition of Culture and Agency and the publication of Reahst Social Theory, English sociologist Margaret Archer positions herself as an important contributor to sociological theory. The germ of the theoretical construction in her two new publications can already be seen in her very early works. The following is a short presentation of her theoretical construction. I place it in its context and mention a few points of criticism. In the Introduction to Reahst Social Theory, Archer presents her principles for social analysis, making it clear that there must be internal consistency between social ontology, explanatory methodology and practical social theorizing. In her view, any social ontology adopted has implications for the explanatory methodology endorsed, and in turn this methodology has implications for the guidelines to practical social theorizing.


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