chapter  4
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An alternative conceptualisation: voluntaristic action theory

Sociological theorists have long been aware that causal analysis is in itself inadequate to the full understanding of human behaviour. Men attach meaning to their actions, behavioural contexts are often predefined and behaviour is characteristically ‘goal-directed’. The ‘intervention’ of man into the world of social events as agent, definer or creator of something hesitantly labelled ‘social reality’ makes the behaviourist ideal already briefly discussed highly problematic.