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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Action theory


core definition

Action theory refers to an approach to sociology that regards meaningful social action as the basis of sociological enquiry.


explanatory context

The focus of attention in this approach is the motivation of a hypothetical social actor, who is a typical individual in a typical social situation.

 

Action theory is developed in the Weberian approach.

 

Action theory is discussed in more detail in the entry on social action


analytical review


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

social action

Verstehen

Weber

Researching the Real World Section 2.3.1.1.1


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