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Simmel and 'the Social'

Simmel and 'the Social'

by O. Pyyhtinen


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Simmel and 'the Social'

This book argues for the centrality of Georg Simmel's social theory to the relational and processual emphases that are often considered as much more recent developments in social theory. Situating Simmel's work in particular with respect to New Vitalism and Bruno Latour's work, the book shows that Simmel has still an enormous amount to contribute.

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ISBN-13: 9780230236172
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/17/2010
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 211
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

OLLI PYYHTINEN teaches sociology at the University of Turku, Finland. His research interests include social theory, process thinking, object-oriented sociology, collectivity, and art.

Table of Contents

Key to Abbreviations: References to Simmel's Texts vii

Acknowledgements x

1 Introduction 1

On Simmel scholarship 8

Conceptual portraiture 14

The structure of the book 19

2 The Social in Social Theory" 22

Society and the social 23

Social theory 28

Sociological culture 33

The social-a porous, contested or family resemblance concept" 35

3 Relationality, Life and Philosophy 38

Theory of relations 39

Relationism and relativism 46

Life-philosophy 49

Simmel's two notions of 'life' 54

Life as more-life and more-than-life 58

Immanent transcendence 60

The life of philosophy 62

Thought and boundary 65

4 Event Dynamics 68

The event 69

Eventalization through reciprocal effects 75

Process and form 79

Living reciprocity vs. autonomous forms 81

Becomings 85

5 Excluded Thirds, Included: On Being-with 89

Being-with-you 90

How is the social bond possible" 94

Betweenness 97

The third 101

Relation as no-thing 107

6 Relations and Circulating Objects 110

Bridge and door as metaphysical objects 112

Money 118

Dynamics of subject and object 126

Beyond dualisms 128

7 Individuality and the Outside of Relations 133

Quantitative and qualitative individualism 135

The in-dividual 140

The self-identity of the living being 144

From types of individuals to individuated type 148

Individuality of owness 152

Entanglement of life in death and death in life 154

A death that is owned 158

8 Conclusion: Simmel and Contemporary Social Theory 163

Simmel and Latour in comparison 165

Stabilization, objects and performativity 170

Life/plasma 174

Notes 177

References 186

Glossary 198

Index 205

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