‘We believe’ – but who are we? Margaret Archer on the Relational Subject

‘We believe’ – but who are we? Margaret Archer on the Relational Subject
A video proposed by The Sociological Imagination and the Committee on Social Theory

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Margaret Archer by herself:

‘My theoretical work over the last twenty-five years has been devoted to the problem of structure and agency. Related to this is the problem of objectivity and subjectivity.My fascination with structure (where do they come from and how do they exert effects) was prompted by moving from the London School of Economics to become a post-doctoral student at the Sorbonne. Those were the years of the 1968 événements. It seemed to me that the centralised structure of the French educational system was equally central in accounting for a political outburst which very nearly toppled the Fifth Republic. Conversely, the (then) decentralised nature of English education prompted localised outbursts, whose effects diffused rather than accumulating. The next seven years were devoted to understanding the structuring of national educational systems and their consequences for educational interaction and change. Thus Social Origins of Educational Systems (Sage 1979) is the key book for understanding the research trajectory that followed.’

More about Archer here: http://cdh.epfl.ch/page-55774-en.html

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