TITLE

INTERPRETIVE SOCIOLOGY: THE DISEASED THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE

AUTHOR(S)
Maguire, Brendan
PUB. DATE
May 1983
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;May83, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p104
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article throws light on structural functionalism for having failed to develop an adequate theory of the individual in the context of sociology. It has been argued provocatively that the modern interpretive sociologies have also been unsuccessful in developing a conception of the individual as an active agent. The interpretive sociologies are frequently characterized as devoting primary attention to the subjective and voluntaristic aspects of social action, and taking the actors point of view. However, phenomenological sociology, symbolic interactionisrn and ethnomethodology have conspicuously failed in their principal mission to promote the individual. This paper has sought to show that there is actually little opportunity for jumping in interpretivism. However, the recent theoretical work holds out hope that a theory of the individual may yet be forthcoming. Specifically, theorists Sheldon Stryker and Joseph Scimecca have offered at least the beginnings of such a theory. It is too early to make a final judgment regarding these four attempts, but presumably all sociologists would welcome a theoretical resolution to the individual/structure question.
ACCESSION #
11647385

 

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