Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195162509
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943364 | DOI:

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This chapter defends the position that there is, indeed, such a thing as “society,” and that it can be defined in moral terms. It discusses the pure and impure in civil discourse, the binary structures of motives, the binary structures of relationships, the binary structures of institutions, civil narratives of good and evil, everyday essentialism, and the conflict over representation.

Keywords: civil discourse; motives; relationships; institutions; civil narratives; essentialism; representation

Chapter.  5179 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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