Contemporary Theory in Sociology: The Agency of Social Factors


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Contemporary Theory in Sociology: The Agency of Social Factors
The following paper looks at how we should conceive of the agency of social factors when discussing the phenomena found in human societies. In so doing, several things will be introduced: the position of this writer; the relationship of this writer’s position to various theoretical orientations discussed in our course work; and (to elaborate on the last point) the extent to which this writer deviates from key thinkers prominent in those approaches. In the end, this writer believes very strongly in the power of socialization when it comes to explaining why human societies take on the forms they do; for this reason, I favour symbolic interactionism as the best explanatory theory...
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.....ractionism does appear to be one that does a capable job.
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