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    “Agency” as a Red Herring in Social Theory.Steven Loyal & Barry Barnes - 2001 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 31 (4):507-524.
    University Of Exeter, England The central argument of this article is that there is no fact of the matter, no evidence, however tentative or questionable, that will serve adequately to identify actions "chosen" or "determined" for the purposes of sociological theory. This argument will be developed with reference to the two theorists of the greatest importance in advocating the sociological value of the concept of agency: Talcott Parsons, with his "voluntaristic theory of action," set the scene for the whole agency (...)
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    The Particularity of the Universal: Critical Reflections on Bourdieu’s Theory of Symbolic Power and the State.Stephen Quilley & Steven Loyal - 2017 - Theory and Society 46 (5):429-462.
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    Corrigendum to “Boris Groys and the Total Art of Stalinism”.Steven Loyal & Siniša Malešević - 2019 - Thesis Eleven 154 (1):142-142.
    In this paper I compare and contrast the reproduction of elite strata in Randall Collins’s path-breaking book, The Credential Society, with Pierre Bourdieu’s important discussion found in The State Nobility. Although both approaches draw on Weber and Durkheim, focus on the interaction between material and cultural processes, subscribe to a relational form of analysis, and share a similar political world-view – social democrat and radical republican respectively – they also differ. These differences relate to their respective philosophical anthropology, the nature (...)
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  4. The Sociology of Anthony Giddens.Steven Loyal - 2003 - Pluto Press.
    The political and sociological project -- Knowledge and epistemology -- Agency -- Social structure -- Time, space, and historical sociology -- Modernity -- Rationality and reflexivity -- Politics and the third way -- An alternative sociology.
     
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    Introduction to Special Issue: The Sociology of Randall Collins.Siniša Malešević & Steven Loyal - 2019 - Thesis Eleven 154 (1):3-10.
    This introduction to a special issue outlines the significance of Randall Collins’s contribution to sociology. The first section briefly reviews Collins’s main books and assesses their impact on social science. The second section offers a summary overview of the papers that comprise the special issue.
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