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From Figuration to Coordination : An Analysis of Social Interdependence Mechanisms.

Abstract : In this text I take up different theoretical issues related to the notion of figuration, probing the fault lines and less-than-conscious assumptions underlying that notion. The analysis proceeds by relating the notion of figuration with what I see as the similar one of "coordination." I explore the micro, meso and macro foundations of figurations without any presupposition that social relations can be reduced to competition. At the end of a trajectory that includes an encounter with Goffmanian sociological tradition, cognitive sociology and certain aspects of the neurosciences, I define a multi-level approach that makes it possible to identify social interdependence mechanisms and thereby to answer the questions that Elias left hanging.
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Jean-Hugues Déchaux. From Figuration to Coordination : An Analysis of Social Interdependence Mechanisms.. F. Dépelteau and T. Savoia Landini. Norbert Elias and Social Theory., Palgrave Macmillan, pp.297-314, 2013. ⟨halshs-00958400⟩



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