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Critical Realism and the Strategic-Relational Approach.

Jessop, Bob (2005) Critical Realism and the Strategic-Relational Approach. New Formations (56). pp. 40-53.

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This article develops a distinctive critical realist analysis of structure and agency . It first describes Roy Bhaskar�s account of critical realism; then discusses critical realism in general; next introduces Anthony Giddens�s structuration theory and two particular applications of critical realism to structure and agency � those of Bhaskar and Margaret Archer; and, finally, presents a third such application based on the strategic-relational approach. The latter goes beyond conventional analyses of the duality, dualism, or dialectic of structure and agency by studying the recursive conditioning, mutual coupling, and complex co-evolution of structure and agency and, above all, by stressing the differential, spatio-temporal relationality of structure and agency. Its advantages over other approaches should emerge as we proceed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: New Formations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Realism ; Strategic-Relational Approach
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 209
Deposited By: Professor Bob Jessop
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2006
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:41
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