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Archer, Margaret Scotford

Works: 59 works in 387 publications in 3 languages and 11,648 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: BD450, 128
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Most widely held works by Margaret Scotford Archer
Being human the problem of agency by Margaret Scotford Archer( )
34 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 1,852 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 )
45 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,063 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. This is a revised edition and a seminal contribution to social theory and the case for the role of culture in sociological thought. Described as a timely and sophisticated treatment, the book shows that the problems of culture and agency and structure and agency could be solved using the same analytical framework
Rational choice theory resisting colonization by Margaret Scotford Archer( )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This fascinating title focuses on the four assumptions which are the bedrock of rational choice; rationality, individualism, process and aggregation and draws on a wide range of social issues such as race, marriage, and education
Woman, society, and change by Évelyne Sullerot( Book )
3 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contemporary Europe: class, status and power ( Book )
17 editions published between 1971 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Social origins of educational systems by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
29 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 636 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
Social conflict and educational change in England and France, 1789-1848 by Michalina Vaughan( Book )
12 editions published between 1971 and 2010 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contemporary Europe : social structures and cultural patterns ( Book )
9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Realist social theory : the morphogenetic approach by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
20 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 456 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. -- Publisher description
Making our way through the world : human reflexivity and social mobility by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 435 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
Students, university and society: a comparative sociological review by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
14 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Structure, agency, and the internal conversation by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 348 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
Social morphogenesis ( )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 300 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
Critical realism : essential readings by Margaret Archer( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 300 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
The Sociology of educational expansion : take-off, growth, and inflation in educational systems by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
12 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Defending objectivity : essays in honour of Andrew Collier ( )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Late modernity : trajectories towards morphogenic society by Margaret Scotford Archer( )
8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 271 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 peoples 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
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 )
18 editions published in 1974 in English and French and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The reflexive imperative in late modernity by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 246 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"--
Conversations about reflexivity by Margaret Scotford Archer( Book )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Subjects: 1.Critical Thinking 2.Consumption 3.Sociology of Knowledge
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Alternative Names
Archer, Margaret 1943-
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Archer, Margaret S. (Margaret Scotford)
Archer, Margaret S. (Margaret Scotford), 1943-
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