1) The power of actors to operate independently of the determining constraints of social structure. The term agency is related to will and purpose.
2) Any human action, collective or structural or individual, which makes a difference to a human relationships or behaviour.
3) Anthony Giddens interprets agency as being equivalent to power.
All from Jary D. and Jary J. (eds) (2000). Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd Ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins.edited 5 February, 2019 by Admin