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The Causal Power of Social Structures: Emergence, Structure and Agency Paperback – August 11, 2011
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The problem of structure and agency has been debated in the social sciences for many years. This book offers a solution by examining the mechanisms that confer causal power on both individual agents and larger social structures, showing how social structural powers emerge from interactions between agents.