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Title: A return to the enduring features of institutions : A process ontology of reproduction and endurance
Authors: Weik, Elke
First Published: 8-Aug-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Philosophy of the Social Sciences June 2015 vol. 45 no. 3 291-314
Abstract: Why and how do institutions endure? The most characteristic feature of institutions – their longevity – seems to be a neglected topic in current institutional analysis, which overwhelmingly is conducted as an analysis of institutional change. This paper, in contrast, attempts to answer some basic questions about institutional endurance and reproduction, most notably how institutional reproduction can be distinguished from institutional endurance, how institutions manage to “bind” time and space, and which role structures “out of time and space” play in this. I explore the processual nature of three theories institutionalist authors draw on (Berger and Luckmann’s theory of social construction, Giddens’s structuration theory and Bourdieu’s theory of field and habitus) in order to identify elements and explanations of endurance. I then elaborate on these insights by introducing Roger Friedland’s notion of institutional substance and ideas from the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0048393114544035
ISSN: 0048-3931
eISSN: 1552-7441
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, The authors. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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