Society & the Absurd
A Sociology of Conflictual Encounters 2nd Revised edition
By (author) Shlomo Giora Shoham
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Society & the Absurd by Shlomo Giora Shoham
Book DescriptionThere is an unbridgeable controversy between the functionalist sociologist who anchors his theories on society and the group, and the existentialist who bathes his thoughts on the individual. Durkheim and Parsons, as well as many contemporary American sociologists, are adjustment based in the sense that all those individuals who rock the boat even if they are creative innovators would be labelled deviant or mad. The existentialists, from Kierkegaard to Buber, regard the individual as the focus of life; they see philosophy and society as at best a curbing control-structure and at worst coercing, stigmatizing and ostracizing. The present volume treads in the giant footsteps of Albert Camus who saw the absurd as the conflictual encounter between the individual and society. Society and the Absurd attempts to overcome this deep sociological controversy by investigating absurdity through the prism of an interdisciplinary theory of personality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845190675
(152mm x 229mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Shlomo Giora Shoham
International Handbook of Victimology, Hardback (February 2010)
Exploring topics such as conceptions of victimhood, secondary and hidden victimization, and social services for victims along with more recent issues, this handbook deals with the themes such as restorative justice, the use of government-sponsored crime victimization surveys, compensation and restitution schemes, and victims' rights legislation.
Art, Crime and Madness, Paperback (June 2002)
This work explores the relationship between creative innovation, deviance and morbidity. It is illustrated by historical case histories of creative deviance and genius madness, and contemporary observations.
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Puts myth, religion, literature and psychology into an easily understandable analytic perspective. This book traces the influence of Gnosis in European culture.
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Author Biography - Shlomo Giora Shoham
Shlomo G. Shoham is a world renowned criminologist, recipient of the Selinglueck Award from the American Society of Criminology in 1977 and the Israel Prize Laureate for 2003. He has published some 90 books in 20 languages and 2000 articles in 30 languages in the areas of criminology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, theology and art. He has developed an interdisciplinary personality theory which is most suitable for the explanation of deviance and alienation.
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