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Agency

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The termagency refers to the extent to which individuals have the capacity to choose the action that they take. Human agency involves the proposition that individuals both make choices, irrespective of how they come to make them, and enact them. Such a proposition brings morality into play: If a situation has arisen because of human decision making, then those making such decisions may legitimately be held responsible and value judgments may be made in light of the actions taken.

The central debate concerning agency is the ...

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