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Neither Capital, Nor Class

A Critical Analysis of Pierre Bourdieu's Theoretical Framework

Author: Jacek Tittenbrun

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622732388

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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This book offers an in-depth examination of Pierre Bourdieu's theoretical framework. The book is not just a collection of more or less critical remarks but constitutes a coherent whole, underpinned by an original analytical framework. This conceptual apparatus makes it possible to present some alternative solutions to the theoretical problems under consideration. The book goes largely against the grain of views that are dominant in the literature on Bourdieu. Therefore, its conclusions may be surprising to many a reader. The book demonstrates that Bourdieu's well-known theory of 'capital' forms is untenable, resembling more an illegitimate metaphor rather than a scientific concept. In a similar vein, the Bourdesian class theory should be largely regarded as a variant of social stratification rather than class. There are many theoretical and empirical problems with Bourdieu's theory of social and cultural reproduction as well. There is more to the above criticisms than meets the eye. The point is that many weaknesses of Bourdieu's style of theorising seem to stem from his intellectual dependence upon structuralism, especially in Claude LÉvi-Strauss' version. It is this affinity that accounts for such features of Bourdieu's approach as its essentialism, formalism and epistemic idealism. The book will be of interest primarily to students of Bourdieu's many and varied contributions to social theory. In view of Bourdieu's immense influence, it will also hold interest to critical scholars in political science, economic sociology and political philosophy.

The Distinction of Peace

A Social Analysis of Peacebuilding

Author: Catherine Goetze

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472122681

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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“Peacebuilding” serves as a catch-all term to describe efforts by an array of international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and agencies of foreign states to restore or construct a peaceful society in the wake—or even in the midst—of conflict. Despite this variety, practitioners consider themselves members of a global profession. In The Distinction of Peace, Catherine Goetze investigates the genesis of peacebuilding as a professional field of expertise since the 1960s, its increasing influence, and the ways it reflects global power structures. Goetze describes how the peacebuilding field came into being, how it defines who belongs to it and who does not, and what kind of group culture it has generated. Using an innovative methodology, she investigates the motivations of individuals who become peacebuilders, their professional trajectories and networks, and the “good peacebuilder” as an ideal. For many, working in peacebuilding in various ways—as an aid worker on the ground, as a lawyer at the United Nations, or as an academic in a think tank—has become not merely a livelihood, but also a form of participation in world politics. As a field, peacebuilding has developed techniques for incorporating and training new members, yet its internal politics also create the conditions of exclusion that often result in practical failures of the peacebuilding enterprise. By providing a critical account of the social mechanisms that make up the peacebuilding field, Goetze offers deep insights into the workings of Western domination and global inequalities.

Social Performance

Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander,Bernhard Giesen,Jason L. Mast

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139452673

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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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.

Economy in Society

Economic Sociology Revisited

Author: Jacek Tittenbrun

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443832359

Category: Social Science

Page: 585

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This book offers an in-depth analysis of sociology, e.g. such classics as Weber, Parsons and Homans, and its adjacent social sciences with special reference to economics, including public choice theory, property rights theory, the Austrian school and others. This discussion submits many fresh observations; giving the theories under consideration their due, it at the same time exposes their flaws. In addition, the book contains a constructive programme of the research field in question, termed socio-economic structuralism, which involves many theoretical innovations, notions of ownership and class. This positive theory draws on, but is far from mimicking, achievements of the thinkers considered in the remaining parts of the book.

Anti-Capital: Human, Social and Cultural

The Mesmerising Misnomers

Author: Jacek Tittenbrun

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317180364

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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The notion of capital has enjoyed a rich career in the social sciences, its use across a range of subjects and in diverse academic and professional contexts having served to establish its conceptual status as 'given'. With particular attention to human and social capital - including cultural capital - this book traces the roots of this theoretical and conceptual trend to economics, revealing the proliferation of various forms of capital to be based upon an encroachment of the conceptual apparatus of economics into other social sciences. Offering an in-depth, critical analysis of the concepts of human and social capital, as well as their surrounding theories, Anti-Capital: Human, Social and Cultural proposes an alternative theoretical framework, whilst better explaining the realities that they mask in economic terms. A rigorous exploration of the most popular forms of 'capital' in the contemporary social sciences, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of sociology, political and social theory, demography and economics.

Cultural Techniques

Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other Articulations of the Real

Author: Bernhard Siegert

Publisher: Meaning Systems (Fup)

ISBN: 0823263754

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

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"This volume designates a shift within posthumanistic media studies, that dissolves the concept of media into a network of operations, that reproduce, process and reflect the distinctions that are fundamental for a given culture, e.g. the anthropological difference, the distinctions between natural object and cultural sign, noise and information, eye and gaze"--

The Collapse of 'real Socialism' in Poland

Author: Jacek Tittenbrun

Publisher: Paul & Company Pub Consortium


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

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Social Capital and Quality of Life

Author: Monika Mularska-Kucharek

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9788323338109

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 1870

The main intention of the author was to take part in a discussion on quality of life, which is an important topic. As it was pointed out in the introduction, quality of life category is omnipresent in social, medical and other disciplines that are related to human existence. There are many reasons why it takes such an honorable place in the research, considerations and discussions. One of the main ones is undoubtedly the fact that, as J. Czapinski (1991) states, it is the main premise of purposeful human activity. Also, as the concept of quality of life refers to many aspects of individual’s life, it is deeply embedded in its consciousness.In spite of big interest in quality of life both in scientific and practical fields, the term is seen as continuously evolving concept, which is also becoming more and more diverse (Andre, Bitondo 2001). It is understandable, though, when one realizes how complex the key concepts (“quality” and “life”) are and how undetermined the related constructs (well-being and happiness) are.

Road to Parnassus

Artist Strategies in Contemporary Art [B&W]

Author: Diego Mantoan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781622733439

Category: Art

Page: 450

View: 1947

Emerging Theories in Health Promotion Practice and Research

Author: Ralph J. DiClemente,Richard A. Crosby,Michelle Kegler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470522882

Category: Medical

Page: 700

View: 7565

"Here is a 'must-read' for all health promotion researchers and practitioners eager to stay one step ahead of the pack. A panoply of insightful and promising new approaches is presented for consideration and exploration in our contemporary behavioral science arsenal." — M. Elaine Auld, MPH, CHES, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Public Health Education "This book is an essential addition to the health practice and research literature, concentrating on theories that have not been extensively covered elsewhere and that have great currency. It provides an up-to-date rendition on the interplay among contemporary public health concerns, sound public health practice, and the theoretical bases for practice."— Robert M. Goodman, PhD, MPH, Dean and Professor, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Indiana University "The authors of Emerging Theories provide vivid descriptions of the state of the science in health promotion and presents an exciting map for future research. Understanding and using theories is the hallmark of an excellent practitioner. Creating and elaborating theories is the mark of an excellent researcher. This text will be very valuable for both." — Noreen M. Clark, PhD, Myron E. Wegman Distinguished University Professor; Director, Center for Managing Chronic Disease, University of Michigan "Emerging Theories captures the dynamic growth in theories of health promotion and illustrates how divergent theoretical perspectives are being integrated into richer explanatory and practice models." — Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH, Professor of Social Work and Medicine; Director, Health Communication Research Laboratory, Washington University in St. Louis

The Social Construction of Expertise

The English Civil Service and Its Influence, 1919–1939

Author: Gail Savage

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822974819

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

View: 8552

The British created a system wherein the social identity of civil servants clearly influenced their position on official matters. This privileged class set the tone for major policy decisions affecting all members of society. Savage addresses this social construction of power by analyzing the social origins and career patterns of higher-level civil servants as a backdrop for investigating the way four different social service ministries formulated policies between the two World Wars: the Board of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ministry of Health.

The Origins of Nazi Genocide

From Euthanasia to the Final Solution

Author: Henry Friedlander

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080786160X

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 561

Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies, Henry Friedlander explores in chilling detail how the Nazi program of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. He describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for the later mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust. The Nazi regime pursued the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped based on a belief in the biological, and thus absolute, inferiority of those groups. To document the connection between the assault on the handicapped and the Final Solution, Friedlander shows how the legal restrictions and exclusionary policies of the 1930s, including mass sterilization, led to mass murder during the war. He also makes clear that the killing centers where the handicapped were gassed and cremated served as the models for the extermination camps. Based on extensive archival research, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, and the nature of popular opposition.

Social Mechanisms

An Analytical Approach to Social Theory

Author: Peter Hedström,Richard Swedberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521596879

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

View: 9763

The advancement of social theory requires an analytical approach that systematically seeks to explicate the social mechanisms that generate and explain observed associations between events. These essays, written by prominent social scientists, advance criticisms of current trends in social theory and suggest alternative approaches. The mechanism approach calls attention to an intermediary level of analysis in between pure description and story-telling, on the one hand, and grand theorizing and universal social laws, on the other. For social theory to be of use for the working social scientist, it must attain a high level of precision and provide a toolbox from which middle range theories can be constructed.

History of Structuralism: The rising sign, 1945-1966

Author: François Dosse

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816622399

Category: Philosophy

Page: 512

View: 356

Content Description #Includes bibliographical references and index.

Engaging Contradictions

Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship

Author: Charles R. Hale

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520098617

Category: Social Science

Page: 390

View: 9995

Scholars in many fields increasingly find themselves caught between the academy, with its demands for rigor and objectivity, and direct engagement in social activism. Some advocate on behalf of the communities they study; others incorporate the knowledge and leadership of their informants directly into the process of knowledge production. What ethical, political, and practical tensions arise in the course of such work? In this wide-ranging and multidisciplinary volume, leading scholar-activists map the terrain on which political engagement and academic rigor meet. Contributors: Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Edmund T. Gordon, Davydd Greenwood, Joy James, Peter Nien-chu Kiang, George Lipsitz, Samuel Martínez, Jennifer Bickham Mendez, Dani Nabudere, Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Jemima Pierre, Laura Pulido, Shannon Speed, Shirley Suet-ling Tang, João Vargas

Only Paradoxes to Offer

French Feminists and the Rights of Man

Author: Joan Wallach Scott

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674043383

Category: History

Page: 229

View: 8815

Cinema and the City

Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context

Author: Mark Shiel,Tony Fitzmaurice

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144439973X

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 1728

This book brings together the literature of urban sociology and film studies to explore new analytical and theoretical approaches to the relationship between cinema and the city, and to show how these impact on the realities of life in urban societies.

Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization

Author: H. Kriesi,D. Bochsler,J. Matthes,S. Lavenex,M. Bühlmann,F. Esser

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137299878

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

View: 9672

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the models of contemporary democracy; its social, cultural, economic and political prerequisites; its empirically existing varieties and its two major challenges - globalization and mediatization. The book also covers the global spread of democracy and its spread into supranational democracies.

Phenomenology of Spirit

Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,A.V. Miller (tr.)

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120814738

Category: Consciousness

Page: 636

View: 4982

wide criticism both from Western and Eastern scholars.

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