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The nature of social reality : issues in social ontology

Author: Tony Lawson
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Economics as social theory, 49.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The social sciences often fail to examine in any systematic way the nature of their subject matter. Demonstrating that this is a central explanation of the widely acknowledged failings of the social sciences, not least of modern economics, this book sets about rectifying matters. Providing an account of the nature of social material in general, as well as of the specific natures of central components of the modern  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lawson, Tony, 1950- author.
Nature of social reality
New York : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019001602
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Lawson
ISBN: 9780429199035 0429199031 9780429579370 0429579373 9780429581595 0429581599 9780429583490 0429583494
OCLC Number: 1084632732
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 266 pages).
Contents: Setting the context --
Why social ontology? --
A general conception --
Ontology and the study of social reality : emergence, organisation, community, power, social relations, corporations, artefacts and money --
Topics in scientific ontology --
The nature of the firm and peculiarities of the corporation --
The modern corporation : the site of a mechanism (of global social change) that is out-of-control? --
A theory of money --
The positioning and credit theories of money compared --
The nature and dynamics of processes of emergence, reproduction and transformation --
Emergence, morphogenesis, causal reduction and downward causation --
Consequences for projects of human emancipation --
Possibilities for emancipatory social change --
Index.
Series Title: Economics as social theory, 49.
Responsibility: Tony Lawson.

Abstract:

The social sciences often fail to examine in any systematic way the nature of their subject matter. Demonstrating that this is a central explanation of the widely acknowledged failings of the social sciences, not least of modern economics, this book sets about rectifying matters. Providing an account of the nature of social material in general, as well as of the specific natures of central components of the modern world, such as money and the corporation, Lawson also considers the implications of this theory regarding possibilities for social change. Readers will gain an understanding of how social phenomena, from tables and chairs, to money and firms, and nurses and Presidents are constituted. Fundamental to Lawson's conception is a theory of community-based social positioning, whereby people and things within a community become constituted as components of emergent totalities, with actions governed by the rights and obligations of relevant members of the community. This theory isolates a set of basic principles that will offer the reader an understanding of the natures of all social phenomena. The Nature of Social Reality is for all those, academics and non-academics alike, who wish to gain a grasp on the nature of social phenomena that goes beyond the superficial.

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