Structural inquiry, human agency and the contribution of Harre and Bhaskar : a case study of Wright’s “Classes”

Adkins, Barbara A. (1993) Structural inquiry, human agency and the contribution of Harre and Bhaskar : a case study of Wright’s “Classes”. Journal For The Theory Of Social Behaviour, 23(2), pp. 157-172.

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This paper examines the contribution of aspects of critical and referential realism to the “logic” of structural explanation through an analysis of Erik Olin Wright’s Classes and the debate surrounding this work. Wright’s Classes has been selected as a case study because it offers an opportunity to examine issues pertaining to “objective” and “subjective” determinations of class and related questions of agency and structure at the level of actual methodological strategies. A close examination of the structure of Wright’s inquiry reveals a number of places where Harre’s and Bhaskar’s approaches may contribute to the prescription of methodological strategies which could overcome some of the antinomies on which the debate on Classes is based. As a case study, the paper underlines the important “underlabourer” role of critical and referential realism and their contribution to questions of agency and structure in the context of actual stages involved in structural explanation

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ID Code: 42016
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: structure, agency, critical realism, referential realism
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5914.1993.tb00235.x
ISSN: 1468-5914
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1993 The Executive Management Committee and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2011 22:49
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2011 02:44

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