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Journal Articles

Elder-Vass, D (2022) Pragmatism, critical realism and the study of value, Journal of Critical Realism, 21(3), pp.261-287, ISSN: 1476-7430. DOI: 10.1080/14767430.2022.2049088.

Elder-Vass, D (2022) Ethics and emancipation in action: concrete utopias, Journal of Critical Realism, pp.1-13, ISSN: 1476-7430. DOI: 10.1080/14767430.2022.2031789.

Elder-Vass, D (2021) Assets need audiences: how venture capitalists boost valuations by recruiting investors to asset circles, Finance and Society, 7(1), pp.1-19, ISSN: 2059-5999. DOI: 10.2218/finsoc.v7i1.5588.

Elder-Vass, D (2020) Appropriative practices and the ontology of economic form, Teoria e Cultura, 14(2), pp.131-143, ISSN: 1809-5968. DOI: 10.34019/2318-101X.2019.v14.27894.

Rutzou, T and Elder-Vass, D (2019) On assemblages and things: fluidity, stability, causation stories and formation stories, Sociological Theory, 37(4), pp.401-424, ISSN: 0735-2751. DOI: 10.1177/0735275119888250.

Elder-Vass, D (2019) What is humanity?, Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 21(1), pp.63-66, ISSN: 1600-910X. DOI: 10.1080/1600910X.2019.1687097.

Elder-Vass, D (2019) No price without value: Towards a theory of value and price, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 43(6), ISSN: 0309-166X. DOI: 10.1093/cje/bez040.

Elder-Vass, D (2019) Defining the gift, Journal of Institutional Economics, 16(5), pp.675-685, 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, D (2017) Reflections on sociology’s unspoken weakness: Bringing epistemology back in, Journal of Sociology, 53(4), pp.753-755, ISSN: 1440-7833. DOI: 10.1177/1440783317744443.

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

Elder-Vass, D (2017) Lifeworld and systems in the digital economy, European Journal of Social Theory, 21(2), pp.227-244, ISSN: 1461-7137. DOI: 10.1177/1368431017709703.

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, D (2017) Material parts in social structures, Journal of Social Ontology, 3(1), pp.89-105, ISSN: 2196-9655. DOI: 10.1515/jso-2015-0058.

Elder-Vass, D (2017) Moral economies of the digital, European Journal of Social Theory, ISSN: 1368-4310. DOI: 10.1177/1368431017734165.

Elder-Vass, D (2015) Developing social theory using critical realism, Journal of Critical Realism, 14(1), pp.80-92, ISSN: 1476-7430. DOI: 10.1179/1476743014Z.00000000047.

Elder-Vass, D (2015) Free gifts and positional gifts: beyond exchangism, European Journal of Social Theory, Available online on OnlineFirst, ISSN: 1368-4310. DOI: 10.1177/1368431014566562.

Elder-Vass, D (2015) Of babies and bathwater. A review of Tuukka Kaidesoja (2013) Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology, Journal of Social Ontology, Forthcoming, DOI: 10.1515/jso-2014-0029.

Elder-Vass, D (2015) Collective intentionality and causal powers, Journal of Social Ontology, ISSN: 2196-9655. DOI: 10.1515/jso-2014-0039,.

Elder-Vass, D (2015) The moral economy of digital gifts, International Journal of Social Quality, 5(1), ISSN: 1757-0344.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Disassembling actor-network theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 45(1), pp.100-121, ISSN: 0048-3931. DOI: 10.1177/0048393114525858.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Social emergence: functional or relational, Balkan Journal of Philosophy, 6(1), pp.5-16, ISSN: 1313-888X.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Giving and social transformation, Journal of Critical Realism, 13(3), pp.261-285, ISSN: 1476-7430. DOI: 10.1179/1476743014Z.00000000030.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Reply to Sealey and Carter on realism and language, JOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, 44(3), pp.282-287, ISSN: 0021-8308. DOI: 10.1111/jtsb.12042.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Redescription, reduction, and emergence: a response to Tobias Hansson Wahlberg, PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, 44(6), pp.792-797, ISSN: 0048-3931. DOI: 10.1177/0048393113515386.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Debate: seven ways to be a realist about language, JOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, 44(3), pp.249-267, ISSN: 0021-8308. DOI: 10.1111/jtsb.12040.

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, D (2016) Profit and Gift in the Digital Economy, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9781316509388.

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, D (2019) Actor-network theory. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods, Sage.

Whittle, J, Elder-Vass, D, Lumsden, K (2019) '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 Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.165-186, ISBN: 978-3-030-12632-2. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12633-9_7.

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, D (2016) Intoduction [Profit and gift in the digital economy]. In Unknown Parent Title, © Cambridge University Press,ISBN: 9781316509388.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Social entities and the basis of their powers. In Rethinking the Individualism-holism Debate, © Springer International Publishing Switzerland, pp.39-53, ISBN: 9783319053448. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05344-8.

Elder-Vass, D (2014) Commerce, community and digital gifts. In Commerce and community: Ecologies of social cooperation, Routledge (© selection and editorial material - the editors, individual chapters, the contributors), pp.236-252, ISBN: 9780415810104.

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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