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Publications for Dave Elder-Vass

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Journal Articles

Rutzou, T and Elder-Vass, D (Accepted for publication) On assemblages and things: fluidity, stability, causation stories and formation stories, Sociological Theory, ISSN: 1467-9558.

Elder-Vass, D (2019) No price without value: Towards a theory of value and price, Cambridge Journal of Economics, ISSN: 0309-166X.

Elder-Vass, D (2019) Defining the Gift, Journal of Institutional Economics, ISSN: 1744-1374. DOI: 10.1017/S174413741900033X.

Elder-Vass, D (2019) Realism, values and critique, Journal of Critical Realism, 18(3), pp.314-318, ISSN: 1476-7430. DOI: 10.1080/14767430.2019.1614744.

Elder-Vass, DJ (Accepted for publication) Appropriative practices and the ontology of economic form, Teoria e Cultura, Full text: https://teoriaecultura.ufjf.emnuvens.com.br/TeoriaeCultura .

Elder-Vass, DJ (2018) Lifeworld and systems in the digital economy, European Journal of Social Theory, 21(2), pp.227-244, ISSN: 1368-4310. DOI: 10.1177/1368431017709703.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2018) Moral economies of the digital, European Journal of Social Theory, 21(2), pp.141-147, ISSN: 1368-4310. DOI: 10.1177/1368431017734165.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2017) Reflections on sociology’s unspoken weakness: Bringing epistemology back in, Journal of Sociology, 53(4), pp.753-755, DOI: 10.1177/1440783317744443.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2017) Materialising social ontology, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 41(5), pp.1437-1451, ISSN: 0309-166X. DOI: 10.1093/cje/bex038.

Elder-Vass, D (2017) Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism, SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 65(2), pp.429-431, ISSN: 0038-0261. DOI: 10.1177/0038026117701343.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2017) Material parts in social structures, Journal of Social Ontology.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2015) The moral economy of digital gifts, International Journal of Social Quality, 5(1), pp.35-50.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2015) Collective intentionality and causal powers, Journal of Social Ontology, 1(2), pp.251-270.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2015) Of babies and bathwater, Journal of Social Ontology, 1(2), pp.327-331.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2015) Developing social theory using critical realism, Journal of Critical Realism, 14(1), pp.80-92, DOI: 10.1179/1476743014Z.00000000047.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2015) Free Gifts and Positional Gifts, European Journal of Social Theory, Available online on OnlineFirst, DOI: 10.1177/1368431014566562.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2014) Social emergence: functional or relational, Balkan Journal of Philosophy, 6(1), pp.5-16.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2014) Giving and Social Transformation, Journal of Critical Realism, 13(3), pp.261-285.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2014) Redescription, reduction & emergence: A response to Wahlberg, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Online First.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2014) Disassembling Actor-Network Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Online First, DOI: 10.1177/0048393114525858.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2014) Seven ways to be a realist about language, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Early View.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2013) Reply to Sealey and Carter on Realism and Language, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Early View.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2012) Towards a realist social constructionism, Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas, 70, pp.9-24.

Archer, MS and Elder-Vass, D (2012) Cultural system or norm circles? An exchange, European Journal of Social Theory, 15(1), pp.93-115, ISSN: 1368-4310. DOI: 10.1177/1368431011423592.

Elder-Vass, D (2012) Top-down causation and social structures, Interface Focus, 2(1), pp.82-90, ISSN: 2042-8898. DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2011.0055.

Elder Vass, DJ (2011) The Causal Power of Discourse, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 41(2), pp.143-160.

Elder Vass, DJ (2010) Realist critique without ethical naturalism and moral realism, Journal of Critical Realism, 9(1), pp.33-58, ISSN: 1476-7430. DOI: 10.1558/jcr.v9i1.33.


Elder Vass, DJ (2008) Searching for realism, structure and agency in actor network theory, British Journal of Sociology, 59(3), pp.455-73.

Elder Vass, DJ (2008) Integrating institutional, relational, and embodied structure: an emergentist perspective, British Journal of Sociology, 59(2), pp.281-99.

Elder Vass, DJ (2007) Social structure and social relations, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 37(4), pp.463-77.

Elder Vass, DJ (2007) Luhmann and emergentism: Competing paradigms for social systems theory? Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 37(4), pp.408-32.

Elder Vass, DJ (2007) Reconciling Archer and Bourdieu in an Emergentist Theory of Action, Sociological Theory, 25(4), pp.325-46.

Elder Vass, DJ (2007) A Method for Social Ontology, Journal of Critical Realism, 6(2), pp.226-49.

Elder Vass, DJ (2007) For Emergence: Refining Archer's Account of Social Structure, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 37(1), pp.25-44.

Elder Vass, DJ (2005) Emergence and the Realist Account of Cause, Journal of Critical Realism, 4(2), pp.315-38.


Elder-Vass, DJ (2016) Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy, Cambridge University Press.

Elder-Vass, D (2012) The Reality of Social Construction, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9781107024373.

Elder Vass, DJ (2010) The Causal Power of Social Structures, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 978-1107402973.


Elder-Vass, DJ (Accepted for publication) Actor-network theory. In Atkinson, PA, Delamont, S, Hardy, MA, Williams, M (ed) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods, Sage, pp.TBA-TBA.

Whittle, J, Elder-Vass, DJ, Lumsden, K (Accepted for publication) ‘There’s a bit of banter’: How male teenagers ‘do boy’ on social networking sites. In Lumsden, K and Harmer, E (ed) Online Othering: Exploring the Dark Side of the Web, Palgrave, pp.TBA-TBA.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2017) Wie wirken Normen? Critical realism und die kausale Kraft sozialer Strukturen. In Mader, D and Lindner, U (ed) Critical Realism meets kritische Sozialtheorie, Transcript Verlag, pp.77-93, ISBN: 9783837627251.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2014) Social entities and the basis of their powers. In Zahle, J and Collin, F (ed) Rethinking the Individualism-holism Debate, Springer, pp.39-53, ISBN: 9783319053448. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05344-8_3.

Elder-Vass, DJ (2014) Commerce, community and digital gifts. In Garnett, R, Lewis, P, Ealy, L (ed) Commerce and community: Ecologies of social cooperation, Routledge, pp.236-252, ISBN: 978-0-415-81010-4.

Elder Vass, DJ (2010) The Emergence of Culture. In Albert, and eds, S (ed) Soziologische Theorie kontrovers (Kolner Zeitschrift fur Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie Special Issue 50, VS Verlag. Published with a response by Jens Greve, 'Culture and Interpretation' and my reply 'Can groups have causal powers?' 378-82, pp.351-63.

Elder Vass, DJ (2006) Re-examining Bhaskar's three ontological domains: the lessons from emergence. In Lawson, C, Latsis, J, eds, NM (ed) Contributions to Social Ontology, Routledge, pp.160-76.

School/Dept Working Papers

Elder Vass, DJ (2009) Towards a social ontology of market systems.


Elder Vass, DJ (2010) Review of Frauley & Pearce (eds), Critical Realism and the Social Sciences.

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