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  1. Dave Elder-Vass (2015). Disassembling Actor-Network Theory. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 45 (1):100-121.
    One of the strikingly iconoclastic features of actor-network theory is its juxtaposition of the claim to be a realist perspective with denials that supposedly natural phenomena existed before scientists “made them up.” This paper explains and criticizes such arguments in the work of Bruno Latour. By combining referent and reference in the concept of assemblages, Latour provides a superficially viable way to reconcile these apparently incompatible claims. This paper will argue, however, that this conflation of referent and reference leads Latour’s (...)
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  2. Dave Elder-Vass (2014). Redescription, Reduction, and Emergence A Response to Tobias Hansson Wahlberg. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 (6):792-797.
    In response to Hansson Wahlberg, this paper argues, first, that he misunderstands the redescription principle developed in my book The Causal Power of Social Structures, and second, that his criticisms rest on an ontological individualism that is taken for granted but in fact lacks an adequate ontological justification of its own.
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  3. Dave Elder-Vass (2011). The Causal Power of Discourse. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41 (2):143-160.
    This paper outlines a realist approach to the social ontology of discourse. It seeks to synthesise some elements of the approach to discourse found in the early work of Michel Foucault with a critical realist understanding of the causal power of social structures. It will argue that discursive structures can be causally significant when they are normatively endorsed and enforced by specific groups of people; that it is not discourse as such but these groups—discursive circles—that are causally effective; and that (...)
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  4. Dave Elder-Vass (2010). Realist Critique Without Ethical Naturalism and Moral Realism. Journal of Critical Realism 9 (1):33-58.
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  5. J. Barbalet, Michael Billig, C. Bourg, P. Callero, A. Cicourel, B. Cohen, R. Collins, P. Collett, Gerard Duveen & Dave Elder-Vass (2008). The Editor Wishes to Thank the Following for Acting as Readers Over the Past Year. Antonio, R. Archer, M. Averill, J. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 38 (4):0021-8308.
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  6. Dave Elder-Vass (2007). A Method for Social Ontology: Iterating Ontology and Social Research. Journal of Critical Realism 6 (2):226-249.
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  7. Dave Elder-vass (2007). For Emergence: Refining Archer's Account of Social Structure. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 37 (1):25–44.
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  8. Dave Elder-Vass (2007). Luhmann and Emergentism: Competing Paradigms for Social Systems Theory? Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37 (4):408-432.
    Social systems theory has been dominated in recent years by the work of Niklas Luhmann, but there is another strand of systems thinking, which is receiving increasing attention in sociology: emergentism. For emergentism, the core problems of systems thinking are concerned with causation and reductionism; for Luhmann, they are questions of meaning and self-reference. Arguing from an emergentist perspective, the article finds that emergentism addresses its own core problem successfully, while Luhmann's approach is incapable of resolving questions of causation and (...)
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  9. Dave Elder-Vass (2007). Reconciling Archer and Bourdieu in an Emergentist Theory of Action. Sociological Theory 25 (4):325 - 346.
    Margaret Archer and Pierre Bourdieu have advanced what seem at first sight to be incompatible theories of human agency. While Archer places heavy stress on conscious reflexive deliberation and the consequent choices of identity and projects that individuals make, Bourdieu's concept of habitus places equally heavy stress on the role of social conditioning in determining our behavior, and downplays the contribution of conscious deliberation. Despite this, I argue that these two approaches, with some modification, can be reconciled in a single (...)
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  10. Dave Elder-Vass (2007). Re-Examining Bhaskar's Three Ontological Domains : The Lessons From Emergence. In Clive Lawson, John Latsis & Nuno Martins (eds.), Contributions to Social Ontology. Routledge. 15--160.
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  11. Dave Elder-vass (2007). Social Structure and Social Relations. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 37 (4):463–477.
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  12. Dave Elder-Vass (2005). Emergence and the Realist Account of Cause. Journal of Critical Realism 4 (2):315-338.
    This paper aims to improve critical realism's understanding of emergence by discussing, first, what emergence is and how it works; second, the need for a compositional account of emergence; and third, the implications of emergence for causation. It goes on to argue that the theory of emergence leads to the recognition of certain hitherto neglected similarities between real causal powers and actual causation. (edited).
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