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Meanings of Social Life A Cultural Sociology

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ISBN-10: 0195306406

ISBN-13: 9780195306408

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jeffrey C. Alexander

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Modern men and women go about their lives without really knowing why. Why do we work for such a long time every day? Why are we so obsessed with technology? Why do we continuously construct scandals? Why do we finish one war only to fight another? If we had to explain these things, we would say "it just makes sense" or "it's necessary" or "it's what good (or bad) people do." But when we say that the war against terrorism is necessary and rational we use a rhetoric of good and evil, of friends and enemies, of honor, conscience, loyalty, of civilization and primeval chaos. These rhetorics rest on ideas and feelings, not just rational necessity, and they are of immense power and import. These…    
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/24/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction: The Meanings of (Social) Life: On the Origins of a Cultural Sociology
The Strong Program in Cultural Sociology: Elements of a Structural Hermeneutics (with Phillip Smith)
On the Social Construction of Moral Universals: The ""Holocaust"" from War Crime to Trauma Drama
Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity
A Cultural Sociology of Evil
The Discourse of American Civil Society (with Phillip Smith)
Watergate as Democratic Ritual
The Sacred and Profane Information Machine
Modern, Anti, Post, and Neo: How Intellectuals Explain ""Our Time""