Microfoundations of Social Theory: A Response to Jepperson and Meyer

Teppo Felin, Nicolai Juul Foss, Peter Malcolm Abell

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    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.
    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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Article number791
    JournalSociologica
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    Number of pages13
    ISSN1971-8853
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    StatePublished - 2014

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      Felin, Teppo ; Foss, Nicolai Juul ; Abell, Peter Malcolm. / Microfoundations of Social Theory : A Response to Jepperson and Meyer. In: Sociologica. 2014 ; Vol. 8, No. 2.
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