Dominic Ponder

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Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach by Margaret S. Archer
Realist Social Theory presents a sophisticated and meticulous attempt to address the key theoretical underpinnings of sociology - structure and agency. Archer provides a comprehensive overview of the realist perspective, which sets out to incorporate conceptualisations of individual action and broader social structures within a single theoretical framework. However, it is hard to conceive of a more fruitless task than the painstaking attempt to reconcile these social phenomena. The insular structure-agency debate is unheard of outside of the sociological discipline; in fact, its utility within the social sciences is seriously questionable. The somewhat banal recognition that society… Read more
The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore
The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Susan Blackmore grips feverishly to Richard Dawkins' coattails and cites him as a memetic authority throughout this book. Dawkins tagged a few pages onto the end of The Selfish Gene (1976) to acknowledge that the gene can't go it alone. Then everyone went scooby ra-ra because they'd got a 'scientific' explanation for human behaviour and culture. Well they hadn't! Even Dawkins has back peddled on the meme since 1976.
Just because something is couched in scientific terminology doesn't mean that it's science. It seems perfectly plausible to accept that genes shape behaviour without having to invoke an analogous cultural equivalent to bridge the gaps left by the sociobiological… Read more