The Meanings of Social Life
A Cultural Sociology
By (author) Jeffrey C. Alexander
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Meanings of Social Life by Jeffrey C. Alexander
Book DescriptionIn The Meanings of Social Life , Jeffrey Alexander presents a new approach to how culture works in contemporary societies. Exposing our everyday myths and narratives in a series of empirical studies that range from Watergate to the Holocaust, he shows how these unseen yet potent cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions. Only when these deep patterns of meaning are revealed, Alexander argues, can we understand the stubborn staying power of violence and degradation, but also the steady persistence of hope. By understanding the darker structures that restrict our imagination, we can seek to transform them. By recognizing the culture structures that sustain hope, we can allow our idealistic imaginations to gain more traction in the world. A work that will transform the way that sociologists think about culture and the social world, this book confirms Jeffrey Alexander's reputation as one of the major social theorists of our day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195306408
(232mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey C. Alexander
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Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered, Paperback (June 2016)View all books by Jeffrey C. Alexander
This collection of original essays interrogates the 'crisis of journalism' narrative from a dramatically different perspective.
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Author Biography - Jeffrey C. Alexander
Jeffrey C. Alexander is Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, and co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology.
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