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Abstract: This article examines the ways in which the self-responsibilized individualism underpinning contemporary concepts of the ideal European citizen, on the one hand (Frericks, 2014), and the inequaliti...

25 citations


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Abstract: The rapidly growing transdisciplinary enthusiasm about developing new kinds of Anthropocene stories is based on the shared assumption that the Anthropocene predicament is best made sense of by narrative means Against this assumption, this article argues that the challenge we are facing today does not merely lie in telling either scientific, socio-political, or entangled Anthropocene narratives to come to terms with our current condition Instead, the challenge lies in coming to grips with how the stories we can tell in the Anthropocene relate to the radical novelty of the Anthropocene condition about which no stories can be told What we need to find are meaningful ways to reconcile an inherited commitment to narrativization and the collapse of storytelling as a vehicle of understanding the Anthropocene as our current predicament

17 citations


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Abstract: This article deals with the concepts, processes, and antagonisms that are associated with the notion of postsecularity. In light of this article’s expanded interpretation of Jose Casanova on the se...

16 citations


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Abstract: Suicide is complex; yet suicide research is dominated by ‘psy’ disciplines which can falter when seeking to explain social patterning of suicide rates, and how this relates to individual actions. T...

15 citations


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Abstract: This article draws on the cultural materialist paradigm articulated by Raymond Williams to offer a radical historicization of the idea of identity, with a view to clarifying and resolving some of t...

14 citations


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Abstract: During the twentieth century, the European nation-state witnessed a spectacular phase shift: from the so-called Rechtsstaat, based on the rule of law and a limited set of civil freedoms, to the mass democratic welfare state, based on full political and social rights. This shift affected not only the articulation of the state as an organization, but also the nature of the polity and of politics tout court, understood as an autonomous sphere of social interaction. The power and functions of government have significantly increased; the civil and political rights of citizenship have been consolidated and a new generation of social rights has been added, greatly expanding people’s life chances (Marshall, 1950). Around the middle of the century, this epochal double expansion of vertical authority and horizontal powers started to transcend the boundaries of the nation-state, giving rise to a new form of political organization: the European Union. While gradually turning into extensive welfare states, an increasing number of the sovereign political communities of the Old Continent have also become member states of a supra-national community, with a relatively autonomous authoritative center (Sbragia, 1994; Bickerton, 2012). In the last 15 years, a new strand of political studies has started to interpret European integration as a new juncture in the evolution of the European state system. (Flora, 2000; Bartolini, 2005; Ferrera, 2005; Börner and Eigmüller, 2015). Aimed at capturing both the political nature of the EU as such and its impact on the nation-state, this literature has

13 citations


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Abstract: This article expands upon the notion of ideology as a material phenomenon, usually in the form of institutionalized, taken-for-granted practices. It draws on Herbert Marcuse and related thinkers to...

12 citations


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Abstract: Societies change; and sociology has, since its inception, described and evaluated these changes. This article proposes a revised theory of collective learning processes, a conceptual framework whic...

12 citations


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Abstract: This article extends Lemieux’s concern for the interdisciplinary tension between philosophy and sociology to the intradisciplinary tension within psychology between approaches to the study of child...

11 citations


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Abstract: Definitions may seem marginal to the sociological enterprise but can be very useful; however, they can also lead to serious errors. Examples of both are given in this article. Different types of de...

10 citations


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Abstract: This article offers a critical theoretical exploration of the transformation of academic life that is currently taking place under the sign of ‘neoliberalization’. The main aim is to differentiate ...

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Abstract: During the last few decades, the concept of primitive accumulation (ursprungliche Akkumulation) introduced by Karl Marx and expanded by Rosa Luxemburg has been revived and improved. Accordingly, sc...

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Abstract: The intellectual trajectories of social scientists Robert N. Bellah and Clifford Geertz are compared as a case study in the production of successful interdisciplinary work. Geertz and Bellah starte...

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Abstract: This article is the introduction to the special issue ‘Sociology and psychology: what intersections?’ In addition to presenting the articles included in this issue, the present text outlines the ge...

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Abstract: The neuroscience of morality presents novel approaches in exploring the cognitive and affective underpinnings of moral conduct, and is steadily accumulating influence within discursive frames of bi...

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Jack Palmer1
Abstract: This article elucidates some connections and divergences between S.N. Eisenstadt’s work on multiple modernities and critical reflections on ‘African modernity’ presented by Africanist scholars. It ...

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Abstract: This article elucidates the spatial order that underpins the politics of the Anthropocene – the ecological nomos of the earth – and criticizes its imperial origins and legacies. It provides a criti...

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Abstract: Luc Boltanski’s programme of pragmatic sociology, now gaining substantial attention among English-speaking sociologists, was forged in opposition to the supposed excesses and blind spots of Pierre ...


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Abstract: S.N. Eisenstadt’s theory of culture has remained little examined as such. This article starts by assessing the place given to theorizing culture in the vast corpus of his writings, and the part pla...

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Abstract: We still lack an operational theory for a complete analysis of early socialization processes. Bourdieu has stressed their bodily dimension but has done so at the expense of more symbolic aspects. T...

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Abstract: Since Foucault introduced the notion of biopolitics, it has been fiercely debated—usually in highly generalized terms—how to interpret and use this concept. This article argues that these discussio...

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Abstract: In his lectures on neoliberalism, Michel Foucault argues that neoliberalism produces subjects as ‘entrepreneurs of themselves’. He bases this claim on Gary Becker’s conception of the utility-maximi...

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Abstract: Drawing on select works of Adorno, we will first rehearse his reasons for a rejuvenation of philosophy and apply them to philosophers working on world philosophical traditions. We will then analyse...

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Abstract: This article critically engages a recent essay Jeffrey Alexander has published on ‘societalization’, whose conceptualization it finds problematic; first, because in contrast to the impression conve...

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Abstract: Since the Brexit-vote and the election of a far-right businessman as President of the United States, the social sciences have been struggling to explain the societal conditions that nourish the inc...

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Abstract: The French sociological tradition has long regarded the ‘individual’ as a reality situated outside its area of intellection and investigation. According to Durkheim, the individual is a psychologic...

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Abstract: Sociological theories of morality have grown in prevalence over the last decade and a half. These theories often focus on developing single concepts such as identity, reputation or emotion, or they...

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Vince Marotta1
Abstract: The idea of experience has been taken at face value in scholarly accounts of the migration experience, consequently very little attention has been given to how this idea has acquired its meaning an...

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Abstract: This article explores the phenomenon of consecration, which, so far, has been neglected by sociologists of intellectuals. Contrary to the common Bourdieusian approach to consecration, which conflat...