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dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Simon*
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-11T12:05:00Z
dc.date.available2012-10-11T12:05:00Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationDuncan S (2011) Personal life, pragmatism and bricolage. Sociological Research Online. 16(4): 129-140.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/5474
dc.descriptionyesen_US
dc.description.abstractIndividualisation theory misrepresents and romanticises the nature of agency as a primarily discursive and reflexive process where people freely create their personal lives in an open social world divorced from tradition. But empirically we find that people usually make decisions about their personal lives pragmatically, bounded by circumstances and in connection with other people, not only relationally but also institutionally. This pragmatism is often non-reflexive, habitual and routinised, even unconscious. Agents draw on existing traditions - styles of thinking, sanctioned social relationships, institutions, the presumptions of particular social groups and places, lived law and social norms - to ‘patch’ or ‘piece together' responses to changing situations. Often it is institutions that ‘do the thinking’. People try to both conserve social energy and seek social legitimation in this adaption process, a process which can lead to a ‘re-serving' of tradition even as institutional leakage transfers meanings from past to present, and vice versa. But this process of bricolage will always be socially contested and socially uneven. In this way bricolage describes how people actually link structure and agency through their actions, and can provide a framework for empirical research on doing family.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipESRCen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights© Sociological Research Online. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.en_US
dc.subjectBricolageen_US
dc.subjectPersonal lifeen_US
dc.subjectAgencyen_US
dc.subjectIndividualisationen_US
dc.subjectFamilyen_US
dc.subjectDecision makingen_US
dc.titlePersonal life, pragmatism and bricolageen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionPublished version paperen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.5153/sro.2537
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-19T11:21:53Z


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