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Toward a Reconciliation of the Structuration and Morphogenesis Theories ‘Tested’ in the Eventful Historical Analysis

Morawska, Ewa (2013) 'Toward a Reconciliation of the Structuration and Morphogenesis Theories ‘Tested’ in the Eventful Historical Analysis.' In: Dahms, Harry F, (ed.) Social Theories of History and Histories of Social Theory. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 221-246. ISBN 9781783502189

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Purpose: The purpose of this essay is twofold: (i) identification of the shared premises of the structuration and morphogenesis theories which have remained indifferent to or openly at odds with each other, while highlighting at the same time the specific elements of these two models which are better elaborated in one than the other; and (ii) demonstration of the benefits of social theory testing on the eventful historical analysis. Design/methodology/approach: I first comparatively examine the main premises and guiding concepts of the two models in question, point out their basic affinities, and note different emphases. Next, different components and phases of the (re)constitution over time of societal structure(s) and human agency posited by the structuration/morphogenesis model are illustrated and “tested” through the historical account of the initiation and spread of migration of Polish peasants to America at the turn of the twentieth century and the subsequent impact of this movement on the sender and receiver societies. Findings/originality/value: First, the demonstration of a close theoretical affinity of the structuration and morphogenesis models which provides the grounds for an intellectual exchange between their proponents. Second, derived from the historical analysis of Poles’ migration process, the identification of specific concepts informing the structuration/morphogenesis model which need further refinement. The third, most general finding-qua-contribution is a demonstration of the benefit for social theorizing from the historical, that is, time- and place-sensitive conceptualization and analysis of the examined phenomena.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 11:48
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