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From Habits to Social Structures

Pragmatism and Contemporary Social Theory

by Antti Juhani Gronow (Author)
©2011 Thesis 150 Pages

Summary

Pragmatism has experienced a renaissance in social theory in recent years. This is no wonder since the so-called classical pragmatists, especially John Dewey and George Herbert Mead, outlined a highly original theory of social life. This book builds on pragmatist ideas and argues that social structures are first and foremost based on habitualized action. Thus, the insights of Dewey and Mead have profound implications for the way in which we think about many of the fundamental issues in social theory. These insights are discussed, for example, in relation to contemporary debates on the nature of intersubjectivity, institutions, the public and Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus. The book shows that pragmatism offers a naturalist, action-centered way of conceptualizing culture and social structures.

Details

Pages
150
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783653011784
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631615744
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-01178-4
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (February)
Keywords
Institution theories Capabilities John Dewey George Herbert Mead Habitualization
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 149 pp., 1 table

Biographical notes

Antti Juhani Gronow (Author)

Antti Gronow is a researcher at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki (Finland). His main research areas are social theory, pragmatism, social cognition, and social representations.

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