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Processual Sociology$
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Andrew Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226336596

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226336763.001.0001

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Human Nature in Processual Thinking1

Human Nature in Processual Thinking1

(p.16) Chapter 2 Human Nature in Processual Thinking1
Processual Sociology

Andrew Abbott

University of Chicago Press

Human nature concepts have four properties: the site of human nature, their focus on emotions, actions, or meanings; their preference for form over content; their approach to mutability. Human nature concepts may seem inappropriate in processual sociology, where the world is conceived in perpetual change. However, processual concepts of human nature are rooted in substantive historicality and involve the various means by which the evolving lineages of personalities choose between optative futures and thereby bind various events into or out of their lineage. This process is irredeemably local.

Keywords:   choice, corporeal historicality, human nature, lineage, locality, personality, sequentiality, substantive historicality

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