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Feeling and Form in Social Life
     

Feeling and Form in Social Life

by Lloyd E. Sandelands
 

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Despite the significant contributions of Durkheim, Freud, Kroeber, Mead, Asch, Giddens, and others, social science remains uncertain about its founding idea of society. There is little certainty about what, if anything, is created when people come together in a romantic pair, a family, a club, a work team, a business corporation, or a nation state, which only leads

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Despite the significant contributions of Durkheim, Freud, Kroeber, Mead, Asch, Giddens, and others, social science remains uncertain about its founding idea of society. There is little certainty about what, if anything, is created when people come together in a romantic pair, a family, a club, a work team, a business corporation, or a nation state, which only leads to important philosophical problems for social scientists and practitioners. Feeling and Form in Social Life shows how a vigorous and practical science of society can be built. Drawing in part from the philosophy of Susanne Langer, Lloyd Sandelands reveals human societies to be forms of life known intuitively as feelings of a whole rather than as observed interactions of persons. These feelings, which are personal and subjective, are made public and objective by the uniquely human capacity for artistic abstraction. Through art, people turn invisible feelings and forms of society into visible objects and performances that can be shared and studied scientifically. The book brings this idea of society to life with diverse examples of social feelings and forms expressed in a stadium chant, folk dance, gift ritual, tree symbols, photograph, and organization chart. Sandelands concludes with a powerful discussion of the implications of this idea for expanding the scope of social science and for resolving its persistent underlying confusions.

Editorial Reviews

Kenneth J. Gergen
Sandelands' is a wonderfully creative and challenging thesis, virtually a prolegomenon for new forms of inquiry into organized social life. The rich and sensitive blending of social science, philosophy, history and art places it in a class of its own, and will give rebirth to intuition and the senses in understanding our lives together.
Craig Calhoun
Sandelands' writing is lively, his observation of social relations is sympathetic, and his pursuit of understanding is infectious. Students will be drawn not just to the ideas of sociology and anthropology, but to a sense of why these fields matter.
Mayer N. Zald
Marvelously argued, this book presents a fundamental challenge to much of contemporary social science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847687176
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Postmodern Social Futures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

Lloyd E. Sandelands is professor at the University of Michigan in the department of psychology and in the School of Business Administration. He is the author of many articles in the area of social psychology.

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