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  1. The "actors" of modern society: The cultural construction of social agency.John W. Meyer & Ronald L. Jepperson - 2000 - Sociological Theory 18 (1):100-120.
    Much social theory takes for granted the core conceit of modern culture, that modern actors-individuals, organizations, nation states-are autochthonous and natural entities, no longer really embedded in culture. Accordingly, while there is much abstract metatheory about "actors" and their "agency," there is arguably little theory about the topic. This article offers direct arguments about how the modern (European, now global) cultural system constructs the modern actor as an authorized agent for various interests via an ongoing relocation into society of agency (...)
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  2. Institutional conditions for diffusion.David Strang & John W. Meyer - 1993 - Theory and Society 22 (4):487-511.
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    Multiple Levels of Analysis and the Limitations of Methodological Individualisms.Ronald Jepperson & John W. Meyer - 2011 - Sociological Theory 29 (1):54 - 73.
    This article discusses relations among the multiple levels of analysis present in macro-sociological explanation—i.e., relations of individual, structural, and institutional processes. It also criticizes the doctrinal insistence upon single-level individualistic explanation found in some prominent contemporary sociological theory. For illustrative material the article returns to intellectual uses of Weber's "Protestant Ethic thesis," showing how an artificial version has been employed as a kind of proof text for the alleged scientific necessity of individualist explanation. Our alternative exposition renders the discussion of (...)
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    University expansion and the knowledge society.David John Frank & John W. Meyer - 2007 - Theory and Society 36 (4):287-311.
    For centuries, the processes of social differentiation associated with Modernity have often been thought to intensify the need for site-specific forms of role training and knowledge production, threatening the university’s survival either through fragmentation or through failure to adapt. Other lines of argument emphasize the extent to which the Modern system creates and relies on an integrated knowledge system, but most of the literature stresses functional differentiation and putative threats to the university. And yet over this period the university has (...)
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    The contemporary identity explosion: Individualizing society in the post-war period.David John Frank & John W. Meyer - 2002 - Sociological Theory 20 (1):86-105.
    In recent decades, the individual has become more and more central in both national and world cultural accounts of the operation of society. This continues a long historical process, intensified by the consolidation of a more global polity and the weakening of the primordial sovereignty of the national state. Increasingly, society is culturally rooted in the natural, historical, and spiritual worlds through the individual, rather than through corporate entities or groups. The shift has produced a proliferation and specification of individual (...)
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  6. Modern law as a secularized and global model : Implications for the sociology of law.Elizabeth Heger Boyle & John W. Meyer - 2002 - In Yves Dezalay & Bryant G. Garth (eds.), Global Prescriptions: The Production, Exportation, and Importation of a New Legal Orthodoxy. University of Michigan Press.
     
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    Individualism: Social experience and cultural formulation.John W. Meyer - 1990 - In Judith Rodin, Carmi Schooler & K. Warner Schaie (eds.), Self-Directedness: Cause and Effects Throughout the Life Course. L. Erlbaum Associates. pp. 51--58.
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    Illiberal Reactions to Higher Education.Evan Schofer, Julia C. Lerch & John W. Meyer - 2022 - Minerva 60 (4):509-534.
    Higher education has expanded at astonishing rates around the world. We seek to understand the oppositions that periodically arise, which may produce enrollment declines and/or imposition of political controls. The post-1945 growth of higher education was – to a greater extent than is often recognized – propelled by the liberal, and later neoliberal, international order. Oppositions arise from illiberal alternatives, which also may organize globally. The recent weakening of the global liberal order, associated with growing populism and nationalism, creates conditions (...)
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