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Rebutting the suggestion that Anthony Giddens's Structuration Theory offers a useful framework for sociological nursing research: a critique based upon Margaret Archer's Realist Social Theory.

Lipscomb, Martin

Authors

Martin Lipscomb martin.lipscomb@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

A recent paper in this journal by Hardcastle et al. in 2005 argued that Anthony Giddens's Structuration Theory (ST) might usefully inform sociological nursing research. In response, a critique of ST based upon the Realist Social Theory of Margaret Archer is presented. Archer maintains that ST is fatally flawed and, in consequence, it has little to offer nursing research. Following an analysis of the concepts epiphenomenalism and elisionism, it is suggested that emergentist Realist Social Theory captures or describes a more coherent explanatory vision of social reality than other perspectives and nurse researchers are advised to consider its potential.

Citation

Lipscomb, M. (2006). Rebutting the suggestion that Anthony Giddens's Structuration Theory offers a useful framework for sociological nursing research: a critique based upon Margaret Archer's Realist Social Theory. Nursing Philosophy, 7(3), 175-180. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-769X.2006.00261.x

Journal Article Type Note
Publication Date Jul 1, 2006
Journal Nursing philosophy : an international journal for healthcare professionals
Print ISSN 1466-7681
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 175-180
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-769X.2006.00261.x
Keywords nursing research, ontology, realism, realist social theory, sociology, structuration theory
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1038133
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-769X.2006.00261.x




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