Supporting your high street Find out how »
Basket Image


The Causal Power of Social Structures : Emergence, Structure and Agency, Hardback Book

The Causal Power of Social Structures : Emergence, Structure and Agency Hardback


The problem of structure and agency has been the subject of intense debate in the social sciences for over 100 years.

This book offers a solution. Using a critical realist version of the theory of emergence, Dave Elder-Vass argues that, instead of ascribing causal significance to an abstract notion of social structure or a monolithic concept of society, we must recognise that it is specific groups of people that have social structural power.

Some of these groups are entities with emergent causal powers, distinct from those of human individuals.

Yet these powers also depend on the contributions of human individuals, and this book examines the mechanisms through which interactions between human individuals generate the causal powers of some types of social structures.

The Causal Power of Social Structures makes particularly important contributions to the theory of human agency and to our understanding of normative institutions.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social theory
  • ISBN: 9780521194457



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops