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Morphogenesis and the Crisis of Normativity

  • Margaret S. Archer
Book

Part of the Social Morphogenesis book series (SOCMOR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Great Normative Transformations

  3. Morphogenesis and the Decline of Normative Consensus

  4. Morphogenesis and What Makes for Changes in Normativity

About this book

Introduction

This volume explores the development and consequences of morphogenesis on normative regulation. It starts out by describing the great normative transformations from morphostasis, as the precondition of a harmonious relationship between legal validity and normative consensus in society, to morphogenesis, which tends to strongly undermine existing laws, norms, rules, rights and obligations because of the new variety it introduces. Next, it studies the decline of normative consensus resulting from the changes in the social contexts that made previous forms of normativity, based upon ‘habits, ‘habit us’ and ‘routine action’, unhelpfully misleading because they no longer constituted relevant guidelines to action. It shows how this led to the ‘Reflexive Imperative’ with subjects having to work out their own purposeful actions in relation to their objective social circumstances and their personal concerns, if they were to be active rather than passive agents. Finally, the book analyses what makes for chance in normativity, and what will underwrite future social regulation. It discusses whether it is possible to establish a new corpus of laws, norms and rules, given that intense morphogenesis denies the durability of any new stable context.


Keywords

Promoting Social Stability Promoting Social Integration Sociology of Development Philosophy of Law Multinational Global Economy Normative Changes in the 20th Century Norms and Values in International Society Reflexive Imperative Morphogenetic Change of Social Morality Coping with Social Morphogenesis Social Morphogenesis and Codified Normative Tensions of Morphogenic Society’ Social Movements of Late Modernity

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret S. Archer
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Social OntologyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

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 Morphogenesis and the Crisis of Normativity
  • Editors Margaret S. Archer
  • Series Title Social Morphogenesis
  • Series Abbreviated Title Social Morphogenesis
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28439-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-28438-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80354-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-28439-2
  • Series ISSN 2198-1604
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-1612
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    International Relations
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