Social Morphogenesis

Late Modernity

Trajectories towards Morphogenic Society

Editors: Archer, Margaret (Ed.)

  • Advances generative mechanisms that produce social change rapidly in late modernity
  • Discusses the possibility of transition to Morphogenic Society
  • Investigates of what is requires in order to justify the claim that morphogenic society can supersede modernity
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘Stability’ or ‘Stabilization’ – On Which Would Morphogenic Society Depend?

    Archer, Margaret S.

    Pages 1-20

  • A Speeding Up of the Rate of Social Change? Power, Technology, Resistance, Globalisation and the Good Society

    Lawson, Tony

    Pages 21-47

  • The Emergent Social Qualities of a ‘Morphogenic’ Society: Cultures, Structures, and Forms of Reflexivity

    Maccarini, Andrea

    Pages 49-76

  • Contemporary Mechanisms of Social Change

    Porpora, Douglas V.

    Pages 77-91

  • The Generative Mechanism Re-configuring Late Modernity

    Archer, Margaret S.

    Pages 93-117

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  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35045-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Late Modernity
Book Subtitle
Trajectories towards Morphogenic Society
Editors
  • Margaret Archer
Series Title
Social Morphogenesis
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-03266-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-03266-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-03265-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35045-5
Series ISSN
2198-1604
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 240
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations
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