The Contemplation of the World
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Contemplation of the World by Michel Maffesoli
Book DescriptionIn this work, French theorist Michel Maffesoli pursues and extends his project of decoding contemporary societies. Here Maffesoli questions the mundane stuff of contemporary sociality, seeking to discern its primary mode of expression - its forms, style, rules and principles - its aesthetics. The advent of postmodernity marks the beginning of the "society of the image". It is as if the fragmentation of the social has gradually and necessarily corresponded to massive crumbling of our representation of the real and resulted in their infinite refraction. Henceforward we are living in the heart of an ever-increasing entanglement of objects, signs, and images. In the study, Maffesoli seeks to explore those unobtrusive links that regulate and organize the ensemble of our representations - the raw material refashioned in our imaginary and our fantasies - exploring what it is that is recognizably "postmodern" about them. Maffesoli stresses the connection that exists between concern for the present, daily life, and the aesthetic of the imaginary, defined here as empathy, community, and shared emotion. He proposes a map of "the vast domain of the collective imaginary", allowing us to better understand where today's culture stands and helping us to perceive within its clamorous confines the outlines, still frail, of a "community ideal".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816626892
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michel Maffesoli
Ordinary Knowledge, Hardback (April 1996)
* A provocative and challenging book which argues for a defiant innovation of thought* Puts forward a compelling argument: that everyday life should be regarded as a privileged object of investigation* The author is one of the leading sociologists of fin de siecle culture and society. .
Time of the Tribes, Paperback (December 1995)» View all books by Michel Maffesoli
This study seeks to recast the social dynamic of postmodernity. It argues, in contrast to much contemporary thought defining this dynamic as the contraction of the social into the individual, that it is in fact a retreat into tribalism.
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