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Margaret Archer completed her postgraduate research at the London School of Economics and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.
She produced four books on education and the social structure of Europe before moving to Warwick in 1973. There she completed her Social Origins of Educational Systems (1979) which opened up her main interest in social theory. This has been pursued in a quartet, beginning with Culture and Agency: the Place of Culture in Social Theory (1989 and 1996), and followed by Realist Social Theory: the Morphogenetic Approach (1996), and Being Human: The Problem of Agency (2000), which reconceptualizes agency, actors and persons. The final volume, The Internal Conversation: Mediating between Structure and Agency will be published in summer 2003. With Dr Tritter, she co-edited the Department's collective work Rational Choice Theory: Resisting Colonization (2000).
At the 12th World Congress of Sociology, she was elected as the first woman President of the International Sociological Association, is a founder member of both the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. She is a Trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism.
Department of Sociology
University of Warwick