The Creativity of Action
- List Price: $70.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780226400433
- ISBN10: 0226400433
Joas argues for adding a third model of action to the two predominant models of rational and normative action -- one that emphasizes the creative character of human action. This model encompasses the other two, allowing for a more comprehensive theory of action. Joas elaborates some implications of his model for theories of social movements and social change and for the status of action theory in sociology in the face of competition from theories advanced by Luhmann and Habermas.
The problem of action is of crucial importance in both sociology and philosophy, and this book -- already widely debated in Germany -- will add fresh impetus to the lively discussions current in the English-speaking world.