Category Archives: Agency

Occupy the future: Growing young peoples’ power and potential

Imagine an education system that prepared young people to make and shape the future. What would it look like? How different would it be? Education that prepares children for obedience, compliance and rote learning produces a population of observers, rather … Continue reading

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Engaging with the World: Agency, Institutions, Historical Formations

This title reflects the general theme of the 2010 IACR annual conference that was held in Padova, Italy, the aim of which was to provide a fresh view on some cultural and structural changes involving Western societies after the world … Continue reading

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Structure, Culture and Agency

This edited collection of papers seeks to celebrate the scope and accomplishment of Margaret Archer’s work, distilling her theoretical and empirical contributions into four sections, capturing the essence and trajectory of her work over almost four decades. Long fascinated with … Continue reading

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Citizen Participation, Agency and Voice

Citizen participation, by now one of the main topics on the institutional agenda in many European countries, involves different fields of public action, mostly on a local level – social inclusion, urban renewal, development, the environment, health/social services, etc. It … Continue reading

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Relational Agency: Relational Sociology, Agency and Interaction

This article explores how the concept of agency in social theory changes when it is conceptualized as a relational rather than an individual phenomenon. It begins with a critique of the structure/agency debate, particularly of how this emerges in the … Continue reading

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How does it Feel to Act Together?

This paper on the phenomenology of joint agency proposes a foray into a little explored territory at the intersection of two very active domains of research: joint action and sense of agency. I explore two ways in which our experience … Continue reading

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On the Role of Social Interaction in Individual Agency

Is an individual agent constitutive of or constituted by its social interactions? This question is typically not asked in the cognitive sciences, so strong is the consensus that only individual agents have constitutive efficacy. In this article we challenge this … Continue reading

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