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Joane Nagel

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Chapter 39: Men at Work: Scientific and Technical Solutions to the ‘Problem’ of Nature

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Men at Work: Scientific and Technical Solutions to the ‘Problem’ of Nature
Men at Work: Scientific and Technical Solutions to the ‘Problem’ of Nature
Joane Nagel
Introduction

In his influential 1964 article, ‘Bringing Men Back In', US sociologist George Homans criticized the discipline's fixation on social structure (roles, organizations, institutions) and its failure to consider the role of human motivation and action in social life. He argued that it is not enough to document the system of rules and structural arrangements (legal, economic, political, family, religious) that characterize societies, but researchers must discover how humans brought them into being, how humans respond to them, and what human forces cause them to change. According to his logic and quaint use of language, it was important to bring the ...

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