Conventions and Institutional Logics

Inviation to a Dialog Between two Theoretical Approaches

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Abstract

Two theoretical approaches – Conventions and Institutional Logics – are brought together and the similarities and differences between the two are explored. It is not the intention to combine the approaches, but I would like to open both ‘boxes’ and make them available to each other with the purpose of creating a space for dialog. Both approaches were developed in the mid-1980s as a reaction to rational-choice economic theory and collectivistic sociological theory. These two theories were oversimplifying social life as being founded either in actor-micro level analyses or in structure-macro level analyses. The theoretical quest of both Conventions and Institutional Logics has been to understand the increasing indeterminacy, uncertainty and ambiguity in people’s lives where a sense of reality, of value, of moral, of feelings is not fixed. Both approaches have created new theoretical insights by overcoming traditional micro-macro and actor-structure dimensions. However, they have also achieved this in different ways and I ask if there is a benefit to ‘importing’ some of these differences into the other approach.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIOA Wintergames - Magleås, Denmark
Duration: 26 Nov 200927 Nov 2009

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ConferenceIOA Wintergames
CountryDenmark
CityMagleås
Period26/11/200927/11/2009

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Westenholz, A 2013, 'Conventions and Institutional Logics: Inviation to a Dialog Between two Theoretical Approaches' Paper presented at, Magleås, Denmark, 26/11/2009 - 27/11/2009, .

Conventions and Institutional Logics : Inviation to a Dialog Between two Theoretical Approaches. / Westenholz, Ann.

2013. Paper presented at IOA Wintergames, Magleås, Denmark.

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