Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Connected by CommitmentOppression and Our Responsibility to Undermine It$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mara Marin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190498627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190498627.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 05 June 2020

Modeling Commitment for Structural Relations

Modeling Commitment for Structural Relations

(p.45) Chapter 2 Modeling Commitment for Structural Relations
Connected by Commitment

Mara Marin

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 extends the concept of commitment from personal to social structural relations and begins the argument that our implication in social structures puts us in relations analogous to those of personal commitments. This analogy has a descriptive and a normative element. Descriptively, this book’s notion of commitment captures the idea that social structures are the accumulated effects of our actions. Normatively, it captures the claim that we owe obligations to each other in virtue of our structural relationships to each other, that is, because our actions, accumulated over time, are responsible for reproducing the structure. It illustrates these claims with the example of a woman who attempts to change the gendered nature of parenting. This view of social structures as commitments is an antidote to the powerlessness we otherwise experience in our relation to unjust structures.

Keywords:   commitment, gendered parenthood, social structure, Sewell William, structural change, agency as control, analogy

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .