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07 September 2011

Some Definitions



Agency is the capacity of an entity to produce uncertainty and to make a difference.


Structuration occurs when that difference is a replication.  For even replication is difference since every replication reproduces something anew.  Thus structure is produced and reproduced anew through the practice of agents.

There is nothing inherently wrong with structure or structuration in general, there can only be something wrong with a structure or an act of structuration.  Many theorists seem to be opposed to structure in principle, but to the extent that we live in a world in which heterogeneous entities form associations some form of structure (as described above) cannot be avoided.  Problems arise when particular structures that are continually being reproduced are unjust, or unsustainable.

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