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Authority’s hidden network: obligations, roles and the morphogenesis of authority

Al-Amoudi, Ismael 2013. Authority’s hidden network: obligations, roles and the morphogenesis of authority. In: Archer, Margaret Scotford ed. Social Morphogenesis, London: Springer, pp. 187-204. (10.1007/978-94-007-6128-5_10)
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The purpose of this paper is to examine how the morphogenesis of authority presupposes, and in turn constitutes, social roles and relations of obligation. Authority is conceptualised as a relation of power based on legitimacy. The latter is in turn analysed both in terms of authorisation and of obligations. Such a perspective emphasises the import of identities and, in particular, social identities and social roles in the morphogenesis of relations of authority. Moreover, this chapter indicates that those relations of authority that are observable in any given organisation are themselves rooted in a wider – and typically neglected – network of (significant) others whose expected attitudes are commonly used as a compass for agents engaging in relations of authority.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authority, Archer, Mead, networks, ontology, occupy, roles, realism
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 978-9400761278
Funders: Independent Social Research Foundation
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:34

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