Understanding agency [electronic resource] : social theory and responsible action / Barry Barnes.Material type: TextPublication details: London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2000Description: 1 online resource (xii, 163 p.)ISBN: 9781848609044 (electronic bk.); 1848609043 (electronic bk.); 058530856X (electronic bk.); 9780585308562 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Responsibility | Agent (Philosophy) | Sociology -- Philosophy | Sciences sociales -- Philosophie | Responsabilit�e | Personne (Philosophie) | Sociologie -- Philosophie | PSYCHOLOGY -- Social Psychology | Sociale relaties | Sociale interactie | Agency theorie | Soziologische Theorie | HandlungGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Understanding agency.DDC classification: 302/.1 LOC classification: BJ1451 | .B355 2000ebOther classification: 71.44 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references (p. -160) and index.
"In this 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 social agents."--Jacket.
Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; Part I: Materials and Arguments; 1 -- Everyday Discourse; 2 -- 'Choice' and 'Agency' in Social Theory; 3 -- A Brief Digression on Attribution; 4 -- On Individualism in Social Theory; 5 -- Transcending Individualism; Part II: Speculations and Evaluations; 6 -- 'Agency' and 'Responsibility' in Sociological Theory; 7 -- Agency, Responsibility and New Human Biotechnologies; 8 -- Rational Agents in Differentiated Societies; 9 -- On the Fine Line Between Status and State; Bibliography; Index.
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