Expanding the Notion of Agency: Introducing Grit as an Additional Facet of Agency
Scholars have presented much evidence that supports a crucial role of human agency in understanding human life. Yet agency is still one of the most “slippery” and elusive concepts that bring confusions to social science research. Building on recent attempts to build theoretical and empirical clarity of agency as a sociological concept, this chapter sheds light on additional facet of agency: a behavioural dimension of agency beyond subjective agentic beliefs and future-oriented expectations. This chapter introduces relevant concepts, such as grit, that tap into the behavioural facet of agency and shows why it is important to incorporate this additional component into our understanding of agency in an individual’s life course, particularly in the contexts of educational and occupational achievement.