Microfoundations of Social Theory: A Response to Jepperson and Meyer

Teppo Felin, Nicolai Juul Foss, Peter Malcolm Abell

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    Abstrakt

    In this essay we respond to Jepperson and Meyer’s (2011) critique of “action theories” and methodological individualism in sociology. We highlight fundamental problems with their argument, notably their misconception of methodological individualism(s) and the belief that this explanatory principle ignores — and is somehow invalidated by — the complex, “emergent” and multi-level nature of social phenomena. We focus on the need to specify and understand 1) component actors and social complexity, 2) theory of action, aggregation, and emergence, 3) self-selection and matching, and 4) process and the context of action. We concurrently critique Jepperson and Meyer’s own (implicit but highly problematic and under-specified) theory of action.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Artikelnummer791
    TidsskriftSociologica
    Vol/bind8
    Udgave nummer2
    Antal sider13
    ISSN1971-8853
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2014

    Emneord

    • Micro-macro
    • Multi-level Theory
    • Social Theory
    • Social Aggregation

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