Understanding Agency: Social Theory and Responsible Action Barry Barnes

ISBN: 9780761963684

Published: January 28th 2000

Paperback

176 pages


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Understanding Agency: Social Theory and Responsible Action  by  Barry Barnes

Understanding Agency: Social Theory and Responsible Action by Barry Barnes
January 28th 2000 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780761963684 | 3.12 Mb

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 fromMoreIn 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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