Action Theory (Sociology)

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The theory of action is a microsociological theory , with the help of which different actions can be examined and explained. “ Actions ” in this sense are motivated, in contrast to the purely reactive “ behavior ”.


The social action (action or inaction) is sociologically considered as a manifestation of socialized man, that is by the elements of the social order (such as institutions , traditions , organizations ) determined by which and in which man has to live and where and which man has become man in the sense of a social being.

The term "theory of action" denotes (often in summary) different sociological, psychological, scientific theory-based and didactic approaches:

Systems theory is often mentioned as the opposite of action theory.


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