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The meanings of (social) life

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160840
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944156 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0010
The meanings of (social) life

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about social life and cultural sociology. The chapters in this volume can be considered as adventures in the dialectics of cultural thought as they move back and forth between theorizing and researching, between interpretations and explanations, between cultural logics and cultural pragmatics. This volume presents a new approach for understanding how culture works in contemporary societies and shows how some unseen cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions.

Keywords: social life; cultural sociology; dialectics; cultural thought; cultural logics; cultural pragmatics; contemporary societies; cultural structures

Chapter.  3108 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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