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Late Modernity

Trajectories towards Morphogenic Society

  • Margaret S. Archer
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Part of the Social Morphogenesis book series (SOCMOR)

About this book

Introduction

This volume examines the reasons for intensified social change after 1980; a peaceful process of a magnitude that is historically unprecedented. It examines the kinds of novelty that have come about through morphogenesis and the elements of stability that remain because of morphostasis. It is argued that this pattern cannot be explained simply by ‘acceleration’. Instead, we must specify the generative mechanism(s) involved that underlie and unify ordinary people’s experiences of different disjunctions in their lives. The book discusses the umbrella concept of ‘social morphogenesis’ and the possibility of transition to a ‘Morphogenic Society’. It examines possible ‘generative mechanisms’ accounting for the effects of ‘social morphogenesis’ in transforming previous and much more stable practices. Finally, it seeks to answer the question of what is required in order to justify the claim that Morphogenic society can supersede modernity.

 

 

Keywords

American Hegemony Co-Evolution of Structure, Agency and Culture Developments in International Relations Dynamic Core of the Morphogenic Society Global Warming as a Social Change Late Modernity Morphogenesis Unbound Morphogenesis and Normativity Morphogenesis and the Dynamics of Multilevel Networks Morphogenesis and the International Political System Morphostatic Stability or Stabilization Normativity and Social Morphogenesis Organizational Society Relational Contestation of Late Modernity Social Change and Morphogenetic Mechanisms Social Change in a Morphogenic Society Social Change in the International Political System Social Qualities of a Morphogenic Society Structure of Social Relations

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret S. Archer
    • 1
  1. 1.Collège des HumanitésEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

About the editors

Margaret Archer heads the project at EPFL 'From Modernity to Morphogenesis'. She was elected as the first woman President of the International Sociological Association at the 12th World Congress of Sociology. She is a founder member of both the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and is a trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism. She studied at the University of London, graduating B.Sc. in 1964 and Ph.D. in 1967 with a thesis on The Educational Aspirations of English Working Class Parents. She was a lecturer at the University of Reading from 1966 to 1973. She is one of the most influential theorists in the critical realist tradition. At the 12th World Congress of Sociology, she was elected as the first woman President of the International Sociological Association, is a founder member of both the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. She is a Trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Late Modernity
  • Book Subtitle Trajectories towards Morphogenic Society
  • Editors Margaret S. Archer
  • Series Title Social Morphogenesis
  • Series Abbreviated Title Social Morphogenesis
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03266-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-03265-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35045-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-03266-5
  • Series ISSN 2198-1604
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-1612
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    International Relations
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