Towards an ecological social science? On introducing ‘social affordances’ to (some) social theory

Rasmus Birk*, Nick Manning

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This paper discusses the concept of social affordances in relation to social theory. Our point of departure is the growing literature which posits, in one way or another, that affordances may be seen as social, or cultural or similar. Across the literature on social affordances, it is thus emphasized how perception is shaped within human econiches, how it is fundamentally social, historical, and cultural, but limited direct engagement with decades of scholarship within the social sciences on many of these same topics. This paper thus discusses three key themes for theories of social affordances, exploring sociological perspectives on meaning, place and power, arguing that there may be a difficult, yet fruitful, potential for not just an ecological psychology, but an ecological social science.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


  • Gibson
  • meaning
  • place
  • power
  • social affordances
  • Social theory


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