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Joint Actions, Stories and Symbolic Structures: A Contribution to Herbert Blumer’s Conceptual Framework
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2015 (English)In: Sociology, ISSN 0038-0385, E-ISSN 1469-8684Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Despite its centrality in Blumer's conceptual framework, the notion of joint action remains theoretically underdeveloped and empirically underutilised. To fill this void, the present article focuses on the dynamics inherent to the formation of joint action, and highlights actors' deployment of available symbolic rules and resources for constructing the legitimising accounts that normally accompany their lines of action. The construction of such accounts, or stories, is viewed here as the prime means of reducing the intrinsic contingency of joint action and determining its content and terms as well as its direction and prospects. The article concludes by underscoring the importance of the suggested theoretical input for tapping some of the potential of Blumer's approach, especially the one regarding its capacity to address subtle forms of power.

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Sage Publications, 2015.
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Blumer, defining activities, discourse, Giddens, joint action, meaning, social contingency
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112593DOI: 10.1177/0038038515609029OAI: diva2:881495
Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2015-12-10 Last updated: 2016-05-27

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