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Elisionism is a philosophical standpoint encompassing various social theories. Elisionist theories are diverse; however, they are unified in their adherence to process philosophy as well as their assumption that the social and the individual cannot be separated.[1] The term elisionism was coined by Margaret Archer in 1995 in the book Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach.[2] Elisionism is often contrasted with holism, atomism, and emergentism.[3]


  1. ^ Robert Keith Sawyer (2005). Social Emergence: Societies as Complex Systems. Cambridge University Press. p. 175. ISBN 0-521-84464-9.
  2. ^ Margaret Scotford Archer (1995). Realist Social Theory: The Morphogenetic Approach. Cambridge University Press. p. 60. ISBN 0-521-48442-1.
  3. ^ Sean Creaven (2000). Marxism and Realism: A Materialistic Application of Realism in the Social Sciences. Routledge. p. 6. ISBN 0-415-23622-3.