agentic

a·gen·tic

(ā-jen'tik)
Denotes self-directed actions aimed at personal development or personally chosen goals.
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The difference between "before" and "now" is between a parable of universal human aggression and a sentimental love story, between Janie as an unsexed, fully agentic representative of humanity, a "scared human being" who must kill to stay alive, and Janie as a stereotypically self-sacrificing, gendered woman, living not for herself but for her beloved, grateful to have had what she calls "the chance for loving service" (175).
Eagly (1987) viewed the gender issue in two dimensions: Agentic and Communal dimensions.
First, she seeks to disrupt the seamless lineage the postmodern paradigm traces between Nietzsche and Foucault because she believes Nietzsche alone constructively works with the "post-Enlightenment" dilemma of the subject, namely, of being both determined and agentic.
Together with Stephen Steinberg's structuralist explanation of the "Jewish Horatio Alger Story" in The Ethnic Myth, Howe's agentic and culturalist interpretation serve very well as empirical illustrations of a persistent debate in sociology about the merits of structure versus agency emphases in the explanation of social phenomena.
Those who are engaged in creative activity in later life are tapping into this agentic self.
Using agentic and communal as two modes of generativity expression confuses the distinction between generativity and stagnation and adds more confusion than insight to the concepts of generativity and stagnation.
The equivocal conclusion to this inquiry opens up a second topic for exploration; namely, the relationship between the agentic and the objectified body.
Bakan[14] notes that gender differences can be divided into communal and agentic dimensions.
The project focuses on two important constructs emerging from social cognitive theory, agentic self-efficacy and agentic competence, and aims to demonstrate the relevance of the constructs to a sample from Britain.
Whether it is because our culture forces us to constitute ourselves as agents to be recognized at all, politically and personally, or because there could be no morality without an agentic subject (see Greifinger), or because the alternative to feeling cohesive is the painful state of psychosis or emptiness, a sense of identity and agency are crucial components of the ability to be good both to the self and to others.
These are appeals to controlling tendencies, called agentic goals.
Yet she questions the motives of those who challenge any notion of self or subjectivity, at the very time that women are "remembering" themselves and claiming "an agentic subjectivity.