Action and Its Environment: Toward a New Synthesis Jeffrey C. Alexander

ISBN: 9780231062091

Published: July 28th 1990

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352 pages


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Action and Its Environment: Toward a New Synthesis  by  Jeffrey C. Alexander

Action and Its Environment: Toward a New Synthesis by Jeffrey C. Alexander
July 28th 1990 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 352 pages | ISBN: 9780231062091 | 10.51 Mb

Jeffrey Alexander, known for his work in sociological theory, breaks new ground in Action and Its Environments. His emphasis here is directly empirical and normative. He builds models, develops classifications, makes definitions, and offersMoreJeffrey Alexander, known for his work in sociological theory, breaks new ground in Action and Its Environments.

His emphasis here is directly empirical and normative. He builds models, develops classifications, makes definitions, and offers explanations. He also develops an historical and comparative perspective on modernity that allows political and moral issues to be considered in a fresh way.The book aims to bring action theory and structure theory back together by focussing on three central questions.

First, how can the normative and material properties of social structures be interlinked? Second, can the conventional, creative and strategic dimensions of individual action be related to social structures? Third, what are conditions and limits of modern social and cultural differentiation?In answering these questions Alexander portrays the complex relationship between social movements, public opinion formation, social solidarity, and social change. A new model of the structure and dynamics of cultural systems is presented as well.Alexander succeeds in applying this emerging model to a fascinating variety of empirical topics.

He takes up issues of ethnic and national conflict, truth and distortion in the news media, the Watergate crisis, the moral responsibilities of universities, and the nature of war.Although this book stakes out new ground, in Action and Its Environments Alexander exhibits the same combination of insight and forceful argument that have won his earlier work high acclaim.



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