This essay uses an example of Margaret Archer’s morphogenetic approach
to sociodynamics to explore the explanatory gap indicated in the
1. Individuals act and interact in variable ways from constantly
shifting states-of-affairs in pursuit of variable and inconsistent
2. Groups are made-up of individuals and their actions/interactions;
3. The vast majority of groups, current and historic, are stable.
It contends that individuals’ choices resolve the problem: the
analytical centrality of (neo-Bayesian) predictability to every choice
no matter the context bridges the explanatory gap between individual
actions and the large-scale sociological phenomena of social stability;
in the same way, the analytical centrality of stability to groups and
group structures allows us to identify the predictable paths of agency.
This analytical dualism is used to identify the mutual morphogenesis of
both sociodynamic ‘poles’ in the example…individual and
collective, ‘micro’ and ‘macro’, agent and structure-culture, in a way
applicable to a wide range of rigorous sociological inquiry.