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Jeffrey Alexander and cultural sociology

Uniform Title
Sociologie culturelle de Jeffrey C. Alexander. English
Title
Jeffrey Alexander and cultural sociology / Jean-François Côté.
ISBN
9781509555567
1509555560
9781509555550
1509555552
9781509555574
Publication
Cambridge, UK ; Hoboken, NJ, USA : Polity, 2023.
Physical Description
viii, 173 pages ; 22 cm
Notes
First published in French in 2021 as La sociologie culturelle de Jeffrey C. Alexander by Les Éditions Hermann in Paris and Presses de l'Université Laval in Québec.
First published in English in 2023 by Polity Press.
Translated from the French.
Summary
This book presents the first comprehensive and critical account of Jeffrey Alexander's cultural sociology. Alexander has proposed a "strong program" in cultural sociology that analyses the cultural pragmatics of social performance, and his hermeneutical approach connects meaningful political action with deeper symbolic structures of social life. His highly original account of the civil sphere, as an institutionalized domain that is shaped by the discourse of liberty and solidarity and that sustains universalizing cultural aspirations provides an illuminating perspective on how democracy functions, and fails to function, in contemporary societies. This book charts the development of Alexander's thought in all its complexity. Through its critical readings, it also opens up a dialogue with other contemporary approaches in sociology, situating Alexander's work in relation to others and highlighting alternative views that challenge his ideas. It is an invaluable introduction for anyone who wishes to learn more about the work of one of the most creative sociologists of our time.--Back cover.
Other formats
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Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 14, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-165) and index.
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