Material parts in social structures
journal contributionposted on 2016-11-11, 09:32 authored by Dave Elder-Vass
There has been much debate on whether and how groups of human agents can constitute social structures with causal significance. Both sides in this debate, however, implicitly privilege human individuals over non-human material objects and tend to ignore the possibility that such objects might also play a significant role in social structures. This paper argues that social entities are often composed of both human agents and non-human material objects, and that both may make essential contributions to their causal influence. In such cases the causal influence of social structures should be attributed to the emergent causal powers of socio-technical entities.
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies
Published inJournal of Social Ontology
CitationELDER-VASS, D., 2017. Material parts in social structures. Journal of Social Ontology, 3 (1), pp. 89-105.
PublisherDe Gruyter © Dave Elder-Vass
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