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Latest update: November 13, 1999
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Individual vs. Structure as Source of Problem and Solution

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Copyright: November 1999. "Fair Use" encouraged.

This definition draws on Joan Kemp's Women's Work (Check title and citation.) Kemp does an excellent analysis of sociological theories in terms of where we see the source of a social problem, and where we believe the solution lies, in the individual or in the social structure. Kemp, Chapters 3 and 4.

A fascinating continuum for comparing social theories is Kemp's individualistic vs. structural. She provides a simple test, one that yields some surprises.