Sewell and Weber's View on Agency

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Sewell and Weber's View on Agency Agency is freedom in the sense that you can be your own person with the capacity to feel, as well as think, about the world and the people in it in a way that makes sense to you. As I sit here trying to comprehend how to start this paper, I feel I have a sense of freedom to use all of Sewell’s and Weber’s thoughts and insights. By taking these ideas into my own hands I have come up with an interpretation of their views of the world that I can apply to everyday life. In this paper I am going to convince you of what I think Sewell and Weber intend for me to understand about agency and the Protestant ethic. In order to argue this, I want to lead you in my direction of how I came to an understanding of how society has developed into what it is today. I believe that we all have freedom in our minds to do whatever we want in life. I am free to make up my own opinions, which directly influence my daily life. I take into account all outside influences however; I feel I still have say in what I want to do (Sewell pg. 20). Agency gives me the sense to be an individual in this world but there are still times when I require guidance from others. We as a society come together as individuals to work towards understanding one another in many social situations (Sewell pg. 21). Basically, to have any sort of agency we all need structure which in turn gives us a backbone within the walls of being part of society. I believe that structure gives us direction in our daily lives within the set of rules and regulations provided by society. We have a freedom to follow or to not follow these guidelines (Sewell pg. 6). Just like the Protestant ethic these people felt they had a calling to serve God and ha... ... middle of paper ... ...still need a direction. Personally, I think structure is our daily life. We have a normal routine that we go through everyday to make money. We are free to quit this routine weather it’s a job or school at any given time (agency), yet we would fall in the trap of no structure for our lives. I think that Weber would constitute my life style as agency with structure. My parents have helped guide me in the direction of going to school, getting good grades, and then going for that deserving job which will support my future. I have the agency to take many different avenues with this structure. I am certain that my life will go accordingly towards the direction of my happiness. This thought gives me feelings of freedom to have a choice in where I am going and what I believe. Iron cage or not, I think that the big picture here is whether we are happy with our lives.

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