Understanding Agency: Social Theory and Responsible Action

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SAGE, 2000 - Всего страниц: 163
In this penetrating and assured book, one of the leading commentators in the field argues that social theory is moving in the wrong direction in its reflections on human freedom and autonomy. It has borrowed notions of 'agency' and 'choice' from everyday discourse, but increasingly it puts a misconceived individualistic gloss upon them. Against this, Barnes unequivocally identifies human beings as social agents in a profound sense, and emphasises the vital importance of their sociability. Notions of 'agency', 'freedom' and 'choice' have to be understood by reference to their role in communicative interaction; they are key components of the discourse through which human beings identify each other, and have effects upon each other, as soci
 

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EVERYDAY DISCOURSE
3
CHOICE AND AGENCY IN SOCIAL THEORY
17
A BRIEF DIGRESSION ON ATTRIBUTION
34
ON INDIVIDUALISM IN SOCIAL THEORY
47
TRANSCENDING INDIVIDUALISM
64
SPECULATIONS AND EVALUATIONS
79
AGENCY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
82
AGENCY RESPONSIBILITY AND NEW HUMAN BIOTECHNOLOGIES
103
RATIONAL AGENTS IN DIFFERENTIATED SOCIETIES
122
ON THE FINE LINE BETWEEN STATUS AND STATE
143
BIBLIOGRAPHY
156
INDEX
161
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Barry Barnes is professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter.

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