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Concerns with "Mutual Constitution": A Critical Realist Commentary

Concerns with "Mutual Constitution": A Critical Realist Commentary
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Author(s): Alistair Mutch (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 12
Source title: Information Communication Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Craig Van Slyke (Northern Arizona University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch240


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The case for ‘analytical dualism’ as a means of approaching sociotechnical action is presented as an alternative to accounts which tend to conflate agency, structure and technology. This is based on the work of Margaret Archer, whose work is in turn located in the traditions of critical realism. Her commitment to analytical dualism, which stresses both the importance of time in analysis and the emergent properties of structure, is argued to give a firmer purchase on the notion of context than the alternatives based on, for example, the work of Giddens and Latour.

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