About the book
Social structure appears to be an ontologically naive concept given its unproblematic ubiquity in the discursive realms and corresponding vocabularies of the social sciences to date. This volume unpacks the current naivete and re-articulate it via recent works of epistemics from a diverse cadre of expertise and persuasions. The book's organizing axis - both thematic and canonical - is a challenge brought by the Western origin of the concept and the linguistic hegemony of its cultural patrons. Are there alternative ways of reflecting on the utility of social structure as a basic, hence generative tool in describing, interpreting, abducting, and analyzing the 'social'? If so, what are these other ways and how are they articulated in and by their respective cultural domains within the purview of a globalizing world? Such pan-contextual concerns will be used as axial coordinates to map the gravitas of its current usage within, and across the social sciences.