The Concept of Structure in Social Sciences

Ozdemir A. M.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.44, no.2, pp.1-28, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : AMME IDARESI DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-28


Despite its frequent use in the social sciences literature, the content of the concept of structure still maintains its ambiguity. When the literature is examined as a whole, there exist numerous theoretical approaches, instead of a single comprehensive theory of social structure that explains the concept of social structure. Different theoretical approaches define the concept in different ways. It is evident that in theoretical practice, these different approaches are rarely investigated with reference to the theoretical effects of the concept of structure. This article focuses on the various modes of conceptualization of the term 'structure' in the context of two different structural traditions, namely American and European approaches.