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Action theories are goal-directed theories that assume the existence of a conscious choice that is instrumental in guiding the behavior, particularly in the light of predicted outcomes.
Action theory may refer to:
- Action theory (philosophy), an area in philosophy concerned with the processes causing intentional human movement
- Action theory (sociology), a sociological theory established by the American theorist Talcott Parsons, or
- Social action, an approach to the study of social interaction outlined by the German sociologist Max Weber and taken further by G. H. Mead
It may also refer to a number of different types of social interactions and associations, including:
- Affectional action
- Instrumental action
- Traditional action
- Value-rational action
- Communicative action
- Dramaturgical action
- Group action (sociology)
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