Routledge Handbook of European Sociology by Sokratis Koniordos, Alexandros Kyrtsis

By Sokratis Koniordos, Alexandros Kyrtsis

The Routledge Handbook of ecu Sociology explores the most points of the paintings and scholarship of eu sociologists throughout the last sixty years (1950-2010), a interval that has formed the equipment and id of the sociological craft. ecu social idea has produced an unlimited constellation of theoretical landscapes with a miles achieving effect. whilst there was range and fragmentation, the effect of yank sociology, and the impact of social perform and transformations. The guiding query is: does ecu Sociology particularly exist this present day, and if the answer's confident, what does this fairly mean? Divided into 4 elements, the Handbook investigates:

  • intellectual and institutional settings
  • regional variations
  • thematic variations
  • European concerns.

The Handbook will presents a suite of cutting-edge debts that holiday new floor, every one contribution teasing out the distinctively ecu beneficial properties of the sociological subject matter it explores. it is going to be of curiosity to scholars and students around the social sciences and humanities.

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Soja takes a slightly different angle, trying to reconfigure the way we think about space and spatiality in his theory of ‘Thirdspace’ (Soja 1996). Like other geographers such as Harvey, Soja is critical of the under-theorization of space in modern social thought. There are important links here with Bhabha’s theory of cultural hybridization (Bhabha 2004). A number of theories examine cultural transformation in late modern society in terms of its heightened conditions of liquidity and mobility. Although these theories explain these conditions in distinctive ways, they share a perspective which holds that the categories and distinctions that characterized the cultural forms of modernity have undergone a process of decontexualization or ‘meltdown’ as a consequence of the unprecedented levels of reflexivity and dynamism in late modern or postmodern society.

This is the issue with which many subsequent thinkers who were influenced by his work (and have sought to incorporate the unconscious in their approaches to subjectivity and identity, and more broadly to theories of ideology and oppression) have grappled. Fromm, for example, sought to ‘relativize’ Freud by situating his arguments securely in the historical context in which they were originally framed. Fromm’s core argument is that Freud’s claims about human nature amounted to an unwitting critique of the bourgeois morality of the nineteenth century (Fromm 2001, 2002).

This analysis is central, also, to Hobsbawm’s theorization of the imperialism of the nineteenth century, largely agreeing with Lenin that imperial expansion was driven by profit and that a major war was bound to be its outcome (Hobsbawm 1995). The view of imperialism as a function of capitalist expansion is echoed by Harvey, who argues that capitalism must colonize space in order to ensure its own reproduction (Harvey 2006). This logic (he calls it the spatial fix) underpins Harvey’s critique of neoliberalism, particularly US militarism and the ‘new imperialism’, in the twenty-first century, and according to him helps to explain both the recent financial crisis and the emergency economic dynamism of China (Harvey 2005, 2010).

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