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Sociology through Relation


Sociology through Relation

Theoretical Assessments from the French Tradition
Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology

von: Christian Papilloud

89,24 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 17.10.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9783319650739
Sprache: englisch

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This book delivers a top-down understanding of relation as a macro-phenomenon in society. This understanding rests on the reconstruction of an ongoing debate in the French tradition about the purpose of a relational perspective in sociology and the social sciences. Christian Papilloud analyzes the cardinal steps of this debate, which historically relate to the concept of solidarity, expressing an ideal of social cohesion through relationships between personal and non-personal actors. In social theory, it is well-known that solidarity refers to Emile Durkheim. But little is known about the controversies generated in relation to the purpose of a relational perspective in sociology. Papilloud reconstructs and follows the most important of these controversies in a comparative perspective, beginning with Emile Durkheim and Gaston Richard on solidarity, Richard and Marcel Mauss on sacrifice and magic, Mauss and Pierre Bourdieu on gift and social positions, Bourdieu and Bruno Latour on the objects of exchanges and institutions, and Latour and Durkheim on reciprocity and control. These comparisons give shape to a theoretical framework for a 'sociology through relation.
1. Introduction. Sociology through Relation and Relational Sociology2. Solidarity. Emile Durkheim, Gaston Richard, and Social Cohesion3. Contact. Gaston Richard and Marcel Mauss on Sacrifice and Magic4. Position. Marcel Mauss and Pierre Bourdieu on Gift, Interest, and the Mobilisation of Actors5. Mediations. Pierre Bourdieu and Bruno Latour on Objects, Institution, and Legitimisation6. Reciprocity. Bruno Latour and Emile Durkheim on Reciprocity and Control7. Conclusion. The Prospect of a Sociological Theory through Relation
Christian Papilloud is a sociologist at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. He was written and edited several books and articles on the relational perspective in sociology based on the controversies between French and German scholars today and yesterday.
This book delivers a top-down understanding of relation as a macro-phenomenon in society. This understanding rests on the reconstruction of an ongoing debate in the French tradition about the purpose of a relational perspective in sociology and the social sciences. Christian Papilloud analyzes the cardinal steps of this debate, which historically relate to the concept of solidarity, expressing an ideal of social cohesion through relationships between personal and non-personal actors. In social theory, it is well-known that solidarity refers to Emile Durkheim. But little is known about the controversies generated in relation to the purpose of a relational perspective in sociology. Papilloud reconstructs and follows the most important of these controversies in a comparative perspective, beginning with Emile Durkheim and Gaston Richard on solidarity, Richard and Marcel Mauss on sacrifice and magic, Mauss and Pierre Bourdieu on gift and social positions, Bourdieu and Bruno Latour on the objects of exchanges and institutions, and Latour and Durkheim on reciprocity and control. These comparisons give shape to a theoretical framework for a 'sociology through relation.
Presents novel theoretical arguments in the sub-field of relational sociologyDiscusses authors who are central to the discipline (Durkheim and Bourdieu) while bringing in analyses of more peripheral but still important thinkers (Mauss and Latour) and resurrecting marginal theoristsCompares and contrasts different voices in the history of French sociology

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