Theory of collective action

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Theory of collective action


TCA (?)

Alternate name(s)

Main dependent construct(s)/factor(s)

Main independent construct(s)/factor(s)

Concise description of theory

Critical researchers assume that social reality is historically constituted and that it is produced and reproduced by people. Although people can consciously act to change their social and economic circumstances, critical researchers recognize that their ability to do so is constrained by various forms of social, cultural and political domination. The main task of critical research is seen as being one of social critique, whereby the restrictive and alienating conditions of the status quo are brought to light. Critical research focuses on the oppositions, conflicts and contradictions in contemporary society, and seeks to be emancipatory i.e. it should help to eliminate the causes of alienation and domination.


Diagram/schematic of theory


Originating author(s)

Mancur Olson

Seminal articles

Originating area

Sociology, Economics, Political Science

Level of analysis

IS articles that use the theory

Links from this theory to other theories

External links, Wikipedia entry on TCA

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