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Critical Realism by Alan Norrie, Tony Lawson, Andrew Collier, Roy Bhaskar, Margaret Archer

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ADDRESSING THE CULTURAL SYSTEM

Margaret Archer

This chapter is devoted to the argument that a dualistic approach to cultural analysis can deliver the theoretical goods which conflationism failed to produce. Eventually I hope to show that the advantages of approaching the structural domain by distinguishing analytically between System and social integration also accrue in the cultural realm, yielding similar improvements in the explanation of stability and change. The whole enterprise thus looks towards a promising land where the theoretical unification of structural and cultural analysis might be accomplished.

This promise was one which none of the theorists already examined ever under-valued. It was the golden apple which the downwards ...

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