Sociological Objects: Reconfiguration of Social Theory

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"This volume brings together internationally renowned and new scholars to consider the changing relationship between contemporary and classical sociology. Arguing that recent historical and theoretical developments make reconsideration timely, it suggests that whilst the classical tradition has a continuing pertinence, it is inevitably subject to ongoing reconfiguration; contributors focus on a number of different aspects of this process." Sociological Objects steers a course between assertions about radical epistemological breaks on the one hand, and reverence for the classical tradition on the other. Rather, it emphasizes the value of reworking, reconsidering and reconfiguring sociological thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754672685
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Objects of Sociology: An Introduction Geoff Cooper Cooper, Geoff 1

Pt. 1 Social Things 21

2 Durkheim's Globality David Inglis Inglis, David Roland Robertson Robertson, Roland 25

3 Back to the Things Themselves: On Simmelian Objects Olli Pyyhtinen Pyyhtinen, Olli 43

4 Durkheim's Social Facts and the Performative Model: Reconsidering the Objective Nature of Social Phenomena Irene Rafanell Rafanell, Irene 59

Pt. 2 Social Practices 77

5 Communities of Practice vs. Traditional Communities: The State of Sociology in a Context of Globalization Anne Warfield Rawls Rawls, Anne Warfield 81

6 Working Out What Garfinkel Could Possibly be Doing with "Durkheim's Aphorism" Michael Lynch Lynch, Michael 101

7 Mathematical Equations as Durkheimian Social Facts? Christian Greiffenhagen Greiffenhagen, Christian Wes Sharrock Sharrock, Wes 119

Pt. 3 Social Theories 137

8 Social Theory in Situated Practice: Theoretical Categories in Everyday Discourse Nanna Mik-Meyer Mik-Meyer, Nanna 139

9 Appropriation, Translation and the Opening of Theory Anna Tsatsaroni Tsatsaroni, Anna Geoff Cooper Cooper, Geoff 159

10 'Identity' after 'The Moment of Theory' Paul du Gay Gay, Paul du 177

11 Concluding Thoughts: Reconfigurations of Social Theory Andrew King King, Andrew Ruth Rettie Rettie, Ruth 191

Index 203

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