From Habits to Social Structures

Pragmatism and Contemporary Social Theory
Author: Antti Gronow
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9783631615744
Category: Social Science
Page: 149
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Pragmatism has experienced a renaissance in social theory in recent years. This is no wonder since the so-called classical pragmatists, especially John Dewey and George Herbert Mead, outlined a highly original theory of social life. This book builds on pragmatist ideas and argues that social structures are first and foremost based on habitualized action. Thus, the insights of Dewey and Mead have profound implications for the way in which we think about many of the fundamental issues in social theory. These insights are discussed, for example, in relation to contemporary debates on the nature of intersubjectivity, institutions, the public and Pierre Bourdieu's concept of habitus. The book shows that pragmatism offers a naturalist, action-centered way of conceptualizing culture and social structures.

The Interaction Order


Author: Norman K. Denzin
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 178769545X
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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This volume brings together leading scholars in the area of symbolic interactionism to offer a broad discussion of issues including identity, dialogue and legitimacy.

Changing Bodies

Habit, Crisis and Creativity
Author: Chris Shilling
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0857026585
Category: Social Science
Page: 216
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Where are we at with studies of Body & Society? What are the key accomplishments in the field? This book provides the clearest and most comprehensive account of work in this area to date. Based on a novel theory of action it surveys the terrain by arguing that human identity, social relationships and moral figurations develop as a result of people living in and seeking to reach beyond the limits of their bodily being. From this starting point the author undertakes a series of studies on sport, transgenderism, migration, illness, survival and belief which illuminate the relationship between bodily change and action. The book provides an unrivalled survey of theory and empirical research and explores the hitherto neglected tradition of American 'body studies'. Wide in scope, systematic and incisive the book represents a landmark addition to the field of studies in body and society.

Society as semiosis

neostructuralist theory of culture and society
Author: Risto Heiskala
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 387
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Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien. Action theory, phenomenological sociology, pragmatism and (post)structuralism are often seen as mutually exclusive currents of meaning analysis. This book shows that these traditions are actually complementary, and builds a neostructuralist synthesis on this finding. It also outlines the implications of this cultural theoretical synthesis for the field of the social theory. What emerges is a variant of the theory of practice, habit and structuration of society. It shares the contemporary common belief that social theory should be based on cultural theory. Its distinctive mark is that this is done is systematic semiotic terms within a conception which provides mediation between the two most influential schools of semiotics, namely Charles Peirce's American pragmatism and Ferdinand de Saussure's French structuralism. Contents: Critique of Action Theory and Phenomenological Sociology: Meaning and Rational Action in Weber's Sociology -Quarrelling Heirs: Parsons and Schutz - Meaning and Intentional Acts: Schutz's Phenomenological Sociology - Ethnomethodology: Garfinkel's Reconstruction of Schutz and Parsons - From Intentional Action to Structuralism - Neostructuralist Theory of Culture: Saussure's Structuralism Reconstructed - The Specificity of the Saussurean Approach - Neostructuralist Semiotics - Towards a Neostructuralist Social Theory: The Levels of Cultural Analysis - Beyond the Culture/Society Split - Symbolic Signs, Socialization, and the Sacred - Power - Conclusion.

International Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Education


Author: Lawrence J. Saha
Publisher: Pergamon Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 961
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"This book provides a state-of-the-art resource, for an international audience, of the cumulative results of research and to identify the substantive developments which will take the sociological study of educaion into the next century. This encyclopedia presents the full range of paradigms, theoretical points of view, together with many research methodologies." --Cover.

Interpretative Sozialforschung

eine Einführung
Author: Gabriele Rosenthal
Publisher: Beltz Juventa
ISBN: 9783779914822
Category: Social sciences
Page: 241
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Dieser Band bietet eine Einführung in sozialwissenschaftliche Erhebungs- und Auswertungsmethoden - unter Konzentration auf diejenigen, die den Prinzipien des interpretativen Paradigmas verpflichtet sind und einer Logik der Entdeckung von Hypothesen und gegenstandsbezogenen Theorien folgen.

Handlung und Erfahrung

Das Erbe von Historismus und Pragmatismus und die Zukunft der Sozialtheorie
Author: Bettina Hollstein,Matthias Jung,Wolfgang Knöbl
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593394057
Category: Social Science
Page: 381
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Bei der Herausbildung des modernen sozialtheoretischen Denkens haben zwei Theorieströmungen eine zentrale Rolle gespielt: der amerikanische Pragmatismus und die deutsche Tradition des Historismus. Eine Zusammenführung der beiden damals unverbundenen Strömungen, so die These des Bandes, wäre historisch höchst fruchtbar gewesen. Die Autoren zeigen, wie eine vergleichende Bezugnahme noch heute revitalisierend auf die aktuelle Sozialtheorie und die empirischen Forschungsprogramme des Sozialen wirkt.

Communication in Our Lives


Author: Julia T. Wood
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780534504267
Category: Communication
Page: 437
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Are you looking for the perfect guide to communication? In COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES (WITH CD-ROM AND SPEECHBUILDER EXPRESS/INFOTRAC) you will discover the key to understanding communication theory, as well as human communication itself. This innovative text will strengthen your public speaking, group, media-literacy and interpersonal skills and set you on the road to success!

Philosophie des Geldes


Author: Georg Simmel
Publisher: FV Éditions
ISBN: 2366687516
Category: Philosophy
Page: 400
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"Das Geld steht vermöge der Abstraktheit seiner Form jenseits aller bestimmten Beziehungen zum Raum: Es kann seine Wirkungen in die weitesten Fernen erstrecken, ja, es ist gewissermaßen in jedem Augenblick der Mittelpunkt eines Kreises potenzieller Wirkungen." G. Simmel Inhaltsverzeichnis : . Wert und Geld . Der Substanzwert des Geldes . Das Geld in den Zweckreihen . Die individuelle Freiheit . Das Geldäquivalent personaler Werte . Der Stil des Lebens