The Meanings of Social Life

The Meanings of Social Life

A work that will transform the way that sociologists think about culture and the social world, this book confirms Jeffrey Alexander's reputation as one of the major social theorists of our day.

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198036469

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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In The Meanings of Social Life , Jeffrey Alexander presents a new approach to how culture works in contemporary societies. Exposing our everyday myths and narratives in a series of empirical studies that range from Watergate to the Holocaust, he shows how these unseen yet potent cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions. Only when these deep patterns of meaning are revealed, Alexander argues, can we understand the stubborn staying power of violence and degradation, but also the steady persistence of hope. By understanding the darker structures that restrict our imagination, we can seek to transform them. By recognizing the culture structures that sustain hope, we can allow our idealistic imaginations to gain more traction in the world. A work that will transform the way that sociologists think about culture and the social world, this book confirms Jeffrey Alexander's reputation as one of the major social theorists of our day.
Categories: Social Science

The Meanings of Social Life

The Meanings of Social Life

A work that will transform the way that sociologists think about culture and the social world, this book confirms Jeffrey Alexander's reputation as one of the major social theorists of our day.

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195306408

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Presents an approach to how culture works in societies. Exposing our everyday myths and narratives in a series of empirical studies that range from Watergate to the Holocaust, this work shows how these unseen cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions.
Categories: Social Science

The Meanings of Social Life

The Meanings of Social Life

Jeffrey Alexander argues for a cultural sociology that will bring unconscious cultural structures into the broad light of day.

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Publisher:

ISBN: 0199944156

Category: Culture

Page: 296

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Jeffrey Alexander argues for a cultural sociology that will bring unconscious cultural structures into the broad light of day. Exposing our everyday myths and narratives in a series of empirical studies that range from Watergate to the Holocaust, he shows how these unseen yet potent cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions.
Categories: Culture

Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity

Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity

Ultimately this is a book about the nature of the very normative order that gives meaning to the human condition."—Robin Wagner-Pacifici, author of Theorizing the Standoff "Near the end of the 20th century, scholarly interest in ...

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520235953

Category: Political Science

Page: 314

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"A timely and sophisticated series of studies. Articulating diverse strands of social theory with the historical episodes that have had major affective resonances within national cultures, the volume as a whole contributes significantly to our understanding of relationships between collective affect and social process."—Michael Shapiro, Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii "The fine and deeply argued essays in this book build a strong case against a naturalistic theory of collective traumas. Traumas are made, not born, claim the authors. And they brilliantly cast a steely gaze on several social nightmares--the Nazi holocaust, slavery in the United States, September 11, 2001--in order to limn the social and cultural processes by which events come to be viewed as threatening to the very identity of collectivities. Ultimately this is a book about the nature of the very normative order that gives meaning to the human condition."—Robin Wagner-Pacifici, author of Theorizing the Standoff "Near the end of the 20th century, scholarly interest in collective memory surged, spurred on both by re-examinations of the Holocaust and other canonical sources of trauma, and by the rise of a new set of institutionalized processes of collective memory-work. It is the great merit of these essays to approach the problems of collective trauma in sociological terms, as theorizable patterns in socially and culturally organized processes. This is a vital corrective to more naturalistic understandings and complement to those focused more narrowly on psychology or textual analysis."—Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council "This interactive collection of essays breaks new ground in the sociology of trauma. With its rich range of empirical cases, this book will inspire new debates across the social sciences about memory, collective suffering, and coping."—Arjun Appadurai, Professor of International Studies, Yale University
Categories: Political Science

Meaning and Method

Meaning and Method

This book addresses the core issues of the sociology of culture-questions about the social role of meaning, along with those about the methods sociologists use to study culture and society-in a manner that makes clear their relevance to ...

Author: Isaac Reed

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317256229

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

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Culture is increasingly important to American social science, but in what way? This book addresses the core issues of the sociology of culture-questions about the social role of meaning, along with those about the methods sociologists use to study culture and society-in a manner that makes clear their relevance to sociology as a whole. Part I consists of essays by leading cultural sociologists on how the turn to culture has changed the sociological study of organizations, economic action, and television, and concludes with Georgina Born's methodological statement on the sociology of art and cultural production. Part II contains a highly original, and at times heated, debate between Richard Biernacki and John H. Evans on the appropriateness of abstract and quantifiable coding schemes for the sociological study of culture. Ranging from the philosophy of science to the concrete, practical problems of interpreting masses of cultural data, the debate raises the controversy over the interpretation of culture and the explanation of social action to a new level of sophistication.
Categories: Social Science

Social Performance

Social Performance

Inspired by the theories of Austin, Derrida, Durkheim, Goffman, and Turner, this is a path-breaking volume that makes a major contribution to the field. It will appeal to scholars and students alike.

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139452670

Category: Social Science

Page:

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Jeffrey C. Alexander brings together new and leading contributors to make a powerful and coherently argued case for a new direction in cultural sociology, one that focuses on the intersection between performance, ritual and social action. Performance has always been used by sociologists to understand the social world but this volume offers the first systematic analytical framework based on the performance metaphor to explain large-scale social and cultural processes. From September 11, to the Clinton/Lewinsky affair, to the role of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Social Performance draws on recent work in performative theory in the humanities and in cultural studies to offer a novel approach to the sociology of culture. Inspired by the theories of Austin, Derrida, Durkheim, Goffman, and Turner, this is a path-breaking volume that makes a major contribution to the field. It will appeal to scholars and students alike.
Categories: Social Science

The Meaning of Social Interaction

The Meaning of Social Interaction

An Introduction to Social Psychology Jeffrey E. Nash, James M. Calonico.
everyday life. You will also discover there are often rules for not following rules,
times specified for when certain rules are suspended. These make life interesting
on ...

Author: Jeffrey E. Nash

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781461644774

Category: Psychology

Page: 372

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Categories: Psychology

Social Life of Stories

Social Life of Stories

In this illuminating and theoretically sophisticated study of indigenous oral narratives, Julie Cruikshank moves beyond the text to explore the social power and significance of storytelling.

Author: Julie Cruikshank

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774806494

Category: Folklore

Page: 240

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In this illuminating and theoretically sophisticated study of indigenous oral narratives, Julie Cruikshank moves beyond the text to explore the social power and significance of storytelling. Circumpolar Native peoples today experience strikingly different and often competing systems of narrative and knowledge. These systems include more traditional oral stories; the authoritative, literate voice of the modern state; and the narrative forms used by academic disciplines to represent them to outsiders.
Categories: Folklore

Physicians of Western Medicine

Physicians of Western Medicine

the end, and what its long term consequences might be in its social setting. ... a
process of transformation along this continuum, in which social meanings which
are weakly established and transitory become better established in social life.

Author: Robert A. Hahn

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400964303

Category: Social Science

Page: 345

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After putting down this weighty (in all senses of the word) collection, the reader, be she or he physician or social scientist, will (or at least should) feel uncomfortable about her or his taken-for-granted commonsense (therefore cultural) understanding of medicine. The editors and their collaborators show the medical leviathan, warts and all, for what it is: changing, pluralistic, problematic, powerful, provocative. What medicine proclaims itself to be - unified, scientific, biological and not social, non-judgmental - it is shown not to resemble very much. Those matters about which medicine keeps fairly silent, it turns out, come closer to being central to its clinical practice - managing errors and learning to conduct a shared moral dis course about mistakes, handling issues of competence and competition among biomedical practitioners, practicing in value-laden contexts on problems for which social science is a more relevant knowledge base than biological science, integrating folk and scientific models of illness in clinical communication, among a large number of highly pertinent ethnographic insights that illuminate medicine in the chapters that follow.
Categories: Social Science

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design

Central themes that a critical researcher might explore include the scientific study
of social institutions and their transformations through interpreting the meanings
of social life; the historical problems of domination, alienation, and social ...

Author: John W. Creswell

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412916073

Category: Social Science

Page: 395

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The Second Edition of this bestselling text once again explores the philosophical underpinnings, history, and key elements of each of five qualitative inquiry traditions: narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case study. Written in an accessible style, this book relates research designs to each of the traditions of inquiry. The author compares theoretical frameworks, ways to employ standards of quality, and strategies for writing introductions to studies, collecting data, analyzing data, writing a narrative, and verifying results. New to the Second Edition: - Broader coverage of narrative research - Updated coverage of data analysis, which accounts for programs like Atlas.ti and NVivo, and discusses counting codes more fully - More specific steps for doing research within each tradition
Categories: Social Science

Memory and Representation

Memory and Representation

Symbolic meanings are derived from human consciousness and include the
contents of our perceptions of the events in which we are engaged . Symbols are
the raw materials from which we construct meaning in social life , and as such
they ...

Author: Elisabeth Dena Eber

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0879728302

Category: Self-Help

Page: 183

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Eber and Neal address some of the theoretical issues connected with symbolic constructions of reality through human memory and its subsequent representation. Linkages between what we remember and how we represent it give humans their distinctive characteristics. We construct our reality from how we perceive the events in our lives and, from that reality, we create a symbol system to describe our world. It is through such symbolic constructions that we are provided with a usable backdrop for shaping our memories and organizing them into meaningful lines of action. These case studies present a new and creative synthesis of the multiple meanings of memory and representation within the context of contemporary perceptions of truth.
Categories: Self-Help

Human Social Evolution

Human Social Evolution

The Cultural Animal: Human Nature, Meaning, and Social Life. New York: Oxford
University Press. Bjorklund, D.F., & Pellegrini, A.D. 2002. The Origins of Human
Nature: Evolutionary Developmental Psychology. Washington, DC: American ...

Author: Kyle Summers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199339631

Category: Science

Page: 496

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Richard D. Alexander is an accomplished entomologist who turned his attention to solving some of the most perplexing problems associated with the evolution of human social systems. Using impeccable Darwinian logic and elaborating, extending and adding to the classic theoretical contributions of pioneers of behavioral and evolutionary ecology like George Williams, William Hamilton and Robert Trivers, Alexander developed the most detailed and comprehensive vision of human social evolution of his era. His ideas and hypotheses have inspired countless biologists, anthropologists, psychologists and other social scientists to explore the evolution of human social behavior in ever greater detail, and many of his seminal ideas have stood the test of time and come to be pillars of our understanding of human social evolution. This volume presents classic papers or chapters by Dr. Alexander, each focused on an important theme from his work. Introductions by Dr. Alexander's former students and colleagues highlight the importance of his work to the field, describe more recent work on the topic, and discuss current issues of contention and interest.
Categories: Science

The Social Life of Art

The Social Life of Art

SOCIAL. LIFE. OF. ART. 1. Things. rt objects and artworks are things.1 They are
produced to satisfy a demand. They are used. They often circulate or are
exchanged within economic systems. They are cultural commodities,2 marked,
encoded ...

Author: Peter Stupples

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443870924

Category: Art

Page: 328

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This study examines not only the objects and processes that make up the artworlds of human history, but also the social and cultural circumstances, the historicised contexts that bring about their making, frame their functioning, inform their properties and influence their effects, both at the time of their creation and throughout their subsequent biographies. In the short span that “art” has played a part in human life, one may conceive of time as a social river, with a strong current towards the capricious mainstream, and eddies and quiet pools near the banks. The current will flow faster in spate and slower in drought. But it will be forever in motion. It will be unpredictable. Nothing will stop its inexorable force. Art runs in that social river, subject to the flow and chance of time.
Categories: Art

Reasons for Living

Reasons for Living

social. meanings. Religion as a provider of meaning has always done this at
three levels: personal, social and transcendent. It gives ... The third level has to
do with the ultimate mysteries of life: God, death and the afterlife. Formerly,
religious ...

Author: Marisa Crawford

Publisher: Aust Council for Ed Research

ISBN: 9780864316134

Category: Education

Page: 518

View: 246

Explores the development and psychological function of meaning, identity and spirituality in the lives of young people. This can contribute significantly to the professional background of those engaged in the education and care of youth in various contexts.
Categories: Education

Interpretation and Social Knowledge

Interpretation and Social Knowledge

In The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology, 11–26. New York: Oxford
University Press, 2003. Althusser, Louis, and Etienne Balibar. Reading Capital.
New York: Pantheon Books, 1971. Anderson, Elijah. Code of the Street: Decency,
 ...

Author: Isaac Ariail Reed

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226706740

Category: Philosophy

Page: 194

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For the past fifty years anxiety over naturalism has driven debates in social theory. One side sees social science as another kind of natural science, while the other rejects the possibility of objective and explanatory knowledge. Interpretation and Social Knowledge suggests a different route, offering a way forward for an antinaturalist sociology that overcomes the opposition between interpretation and explanation and uses theory to build concrete, historically specific causal explanations of social phenomena.
Categories: Philosophy

Meanings of Life

Meanings of Life

'' In this extraordinary book, an eminent social scientist looks at the big picture and explores what empirical studies from diverse fields tell us about the human condition.

Author: Roy F. Baumeister

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 0898625319

Category: Psychology

Page: 426

View: 285

Who among us has not at some point asked, what is the meaning of life?' In this extraordinary book, an eminent social scientist looks at the big picture and explores what empirical studies from diverse fields tell us about the human condition. MEANINGS OF LIFE draws together evidence from psychology, history, anthropology, and sociology, integrating copious research findings into a clear and conclusive discussion of how people attempt to make sense of their lives. In a lively and accessible style, emphasizing facts over theories, Baumeister explores why people desire meaning in their lives, how these meanings function, what forms they take, and what happens when life loses meaning. It is the most comprehensive examination of the topic to date.
Categories: Psychology

Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering the Holocaust

The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology. New York: Oxford University
Press. ——— . 2006a. “Cultural Pragmatics: Social Performance between Ritual
and Strategy” inSocial Performance: SymbolicAction, Cultural Pragmatics, and ...

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190207632

Category: History

Page: 224

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Remembering the Holocaust explains why the Holocaust has come to be considered the central event of the 20th century, and what this means. Presenting Jeffrey Alexander's controversial essay that, in the words of Geoffrey Hartman, has already become a classic in the Holocaust literature, and following up with challenging and equally provocative responses to it, this book offers a sweeping historical reconstruction of the Jewish mass murder as it evolved in the popular imagination of Western peoples, as well as an examination of its consequences. Alexander's inquiry points to a broad cultural transition that took place in Western societies after World War II: from confidence in moving past the most terrible of Nazi wartime atrocities to pessimism about the possibility for overcoming violence, ethnic conflict, and war. The Holocaust has become the central tragedy of modern times, an event which can no longer be overcome, but one that offers possibilities to extend its moral lessons beyond Jews to victims of other types of secular and religious strife. Following Alexander's controversial thesis is a series of responses by distinguished scholars in the humanities and social sciences--Martin Jay, Bernhard Giesen, Michael Rothberg, Robert Manne, Nathan Glazer, and Elihu & Ruth Katz--considering the implications of the universal moral relevance of the Holocaust. A final response from Alexander in a postscript focusing on the repercussions of the Holocaust in Israel concludes this forthright and engaging discussion. Remembering the Holocaust is an all-too-rare debate on our conception of the Holocaust, how it has evolved over the years, and the profound effects it will have on the way we envision the future.
Categories: History

Durkheim s Ghosts

Durkheim s Ghosts

Cultural Logics and Social Things Charles Lemert, Prof Charles Lemert.
assertion of the material conditions of life in respect to those ideal elements that,
a few years later in 1871, Tylor would gather together in his definition of culture.

Author: Charles Lemert

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521842662

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Durkheim's Ghosts is a fascinating presentation of the tradition of social theory influenced by Emile Durkheim's thinking on the social foundations of knowledge. From Saussure and Levi-Strauss to Foucault, Bourdieu and Derrida, today's criticisms of modern politics and culture owe an important, if unacknowledged, debt to Durkheim. These engaging and innovative essays by leading sociologist Charles Lemert bring together his writings on the contributions of French social theory past and present. Rather than merely interpret the theories, Lemert uses them to explore the futures of sociology, social theory, and culture studies. Durkheim's Ghosts offers the reader original insights into Durkheim's legacy and the wider French traditions for the cultural and social sciences. Of special note is the book's new and exciting theory of culture and semiotics. Provocative, scholarly, imaginative and ambitious this book will be invaluable to anyone interested in social theory, culture, and intellectual history of modern times.
Categories: Social Science

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

He is the author of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology (2003) and
The Civil Sphere (2006), co-author of Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (
2004), and co-editor of Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics
, ...

Author: Bryan S. Turner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444305005

Category: Social Science

Page: 640

View: 530

A comprehensive new collection covering the principal traditionsand critical contemporary issues of social theory. Builds on the success of The Blackwell Companion to SocialTheory, second edition with substantial revisions, entirely newcontributions, and a fresh editorial direction Explores contemporary areas such as actor network theory,social constructionism, human rights and cosmopolitanism Includes chapters on demography, science and technologystudies, and genetics and social theory Emphasizes key areas of sociology which have had an importantimpact in shaping the discipline as a whole
Categories: Social Science

A Century of Communication Studies

A Century of Communication Studies

Emerging as it does from contextual responses, meaning is always collaborative
and conditional. Mead's ideas regarding the nature of meaning and social life
would later be refined and extended by Herbert Blumer (1900–1987), a former ...

Author: Pat J. Gehrke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134062867

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

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This volume chronicles the development of communication studies as a discipline, providing a history of the field and identifying opportunities for future growth. Editors Pat J. Gehrke and William M. Keith have assembled an exceptional list of communication scholars who, in the thirteen chapters contained in this book, cover the breadth and depth of the field. Organized around themes and concepts that have enduring historical significance and wide appeal across numerous subfields of communication, A Century of Communication Studies bridges research and pedagogy, addressing themes that connect classroom practice and publication. Published in the 100th anniversary year of the National Communication Association, this collection highlights the evolution of communication studies and will serve future generations of scholars as a window into not only our past but also the field’s collective possibilities.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines