On Elder-Vass: Refining a refinement

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Douglas Porpora
Drexel University
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This paper responds to Dave Elder-Vass's generally sympathetic critique of Margaret Archer's position on structure and emergence. Elder-Vass does helpfully emphasize the synchronic effects of structure. Yet, it is argued here, in his treatment of structure, Elder-Vass tends to concede too much to methodological individualism and to overemphasize social rules at the expense of social relations. Finally, a question is raised about how both Archer and Elder-Vass and Critical Realism in general speak of emergence
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5914.2007.00332.x
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Cultural Rules and Material Relations.Douglas V. Porpora - 1993 - Sociological Theory 11 (2):212-229.

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