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Beyond the Manifesto: Mustafa Emirbayer and Relational Sociology

  • Lily Liang
  • Sida Liu
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Abstract

Mustafa Emirbayer’s “Manifesto for a Relational Sociology” calls for a process-in-time understanding of the unfolding interaction between structure and agency that reproduces and transforms practical action. This chapter seeks to situate Emirbayer’s Manifesto essay within his broader intellectual pursuits in the direction of relational sociology. We begin the chapter by outlining the dynamic interplay among structure, culture, and agency on which Emirbayer builds his research agenda for relational sociology. We then examine the enduring influences of John Dewey and Pierre Bourdieu on Emirbayer’s relational thinking. Finally, we discuss Emirbayer and Desmond’s research agenda for studying the racial order in America as a prototype of Emirbayerian relational sociology in practice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lily Liang
    • 1
  • Sida Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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