Florian Znaniecki’s Culturalism
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chapter 15 Culture and Power: Possibilities and Responsibilities for the World Society How Should the Legacy of Florian Znaniecki Be Suitably Portrayed Today? There is no lack of supporters of the extreme standpoint that almost all theoretical projects of the twentieth century sociology, which used to strive against each other, are currently dead and that entirely new research enterprises should appear on the deserted battleﬁeld ( Turner 2001; Fuchs 2001). This is because the contending theories have become outdated, as the social world has changed too fast for its conceptual frames to keep pace ( Bauman 2000). The state of sociology at the beginning of the 21st century seems distant from the attraction that the new discipline used to possess when it en- ticed great intellects a hundred years earlier, and its practitioners today, as compared to practitioners around the middle of the twentieth century, show a lack of determination to fulﬁll the modernist promises which sociology used to carry. Postmodernist doubt in the possibility of objective cognition also aVects sociology, where a politically correct answer to the question which side the researcher – she or he – is taking is supposed to restore its ultimate legitimacy – emancipation from the dominating powers permeating the orders of thought and social relations. More and more frequently, the place of sociology and social sciences is being taken by ‘research’ and ‘studies’ of various kinds, unspeciﬁed with regard to their subject-matter and methodology. Thus, the question comes to mind: what can we still learn, what...
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