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Cultural Pragmatics: Social Performance between Ritual and Strategy*
From its very beginnings, the social study of culture has been polarized between structuralist theories that treat meaning as a text and investigate the patterning that provides relative autonomy andExpand
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Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma
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Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity
Preface 1. Toward a Theory of Cultural Trauma: Jeffrey C. Alexander 2. Psychological Trauma and Cultural Trauma: Neil J. Smelser 3. Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African AmericanExpand
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Global Civil Society
terms of dialogue, we should allow for other, nonEuropean experiences, aspirations and perspectives as well in assessing different global democracy initiatives. Finally, a concrete utopia is a modelExpand
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On the Social Construction of Moral Universals
The following is simultaneously an essay in sociological theory, in cultural sociology, and in the empirical reconstruction of postwar Western history. Per theory, it introduces and specifies a modelExpand
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Trauma: A Social Theory
Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Cultural Trauma: A Social Theory Chapter 2. Holocaust and Trauma: Moral Universalism in the West Chapter 3. Holocaust and Trauma: MoralExpand
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Fin De Siecle Social Theory: Relativism, Reduction And The Problem Of Reason
In four interwoven studies, the book identifies the central dilemma that provokes contemporary social theory, and proposes a new way to resolve it. The dream of reason that marked the previous "finExpand
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The discourse of American civil society: A new proposal for cultural studies
In this essay we make a new proposal for the sociological approach to culture. We begin with a brief critical history of the social scientific treatment of culture and a criticism of some recentExpand
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