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  1. A Psychological Perspective of Agency and Structure Within Critical Realist Theory: A Specific Application to the Construct of Self-Efficacy.Roger Booker - 2021 - Alethia 20 (3):239-256.
    ABSTRACT The discipline of psychology has been under-represented in the critical realist account of the relationship between structure and agency. In this paper a critical realist perspective of educational psychology research focuses on the psychological analysis of the individual and what might be considered as ‘real' and having causal power. Bhaskar's criteria for an entity to be ontologically real are applied to the psychological entity of self-efficacy in the context of a typical piece of classroom teacher-pupil interaction. The role of (...)
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  2. The Nature of Social Reality: Issues in Social Ontology: By Tony Lawson, Abingdon, Routledge, 2019, 280 Pp., £34.99 (Paperback), ISBN 978-0367188931. [REVIEW]Dave Elder-Vass - 2021 - Alethia 20 (3):322-328.
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    Realist Evaluation of Social Outcomes in Community Care: The Application of Affordance Theory to the Lindsay Leg Clubs.Keith Harding, Tim Edwards & Anna Milena Galazka - 2021 - Alethia 20 (3):280-299.
    ABSTRACT This study uses a scientific realist methodology to explain how social outcomes of community care interventions are produced, sustained and contextually dependent. We evaluate an organization dedicated to wound care and leg health known as the Lindsay Leg Club network, so far studied mostly from a phenomenological perspective, to demonstrate the generative role of places where Leg Clubs are located, with objects in their environment, and people who organize and run Leg Clubs, with their agency and intentionality. We theorize (...)
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    A Critical Realist Exploration of Entrepreneurship as Complex, Reflexive and Myriad.Isla Kapasi, Laura Galloway & Lakshman Wimalasena - 2021 - Alethia 20 (3):257-279.
    ABSTRACT This paper builds on previous studies that explore entrepreneurship from a critical realist morphogenetic perspective, and incorporates the neglected aspect of how agential reflexivity shapes entrepreneurship. Using the morphogenetic framework and its typology of reflexive modes, we analyse 78 work and life histories gathered from Sri Lanka with the aim of understanding reflexive entrepreneurial action. Our findings suggest that, while autonomous reflexives match the common understanding of entrepreneurship, i.e. that it is individualistic and wealth-driven, nevertheless the other reflexive modalities (...)
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  5. Critical Realism for a Time of Crisis? Buch-Hansen and Nielsen’s Twenty-First Century CR: Critical Realism: Basics and Beyond, by Hubert Buch-Hansen and Peter Nielsen, London, Macmillan, 2020, 168 Pp., £23 (Pbk), ISBN 978 1 352 01065 7. [REVIEW]Jamie Morgan - 2021 - Alethia 20 (3):300-321.
    ABSTRACT In this essay I set and explore Buch-Hansen and Nielsen’s Critical Realism: Basics and Beyond. I then move on to discuss arising issues relevant to contemporary critical realism, including time, causation, technology and context dilemmas. I then provide a brief elaboration of recent work on and issues for ‘climate emergency’.
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