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Symbols, Power and Politics


Elzbieta Halas

The volume is the first one in the series Studies in Sociology: Symbols, Theory and Society. The authors from Australia, Finland, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, who contributed to it, are sociologists bound by a conviction that the study of the social context of making use of symbols cannot be underestimated. Conception of symbolism as a social phenomenon and not an autonomous semiotic system is of their common interest and a symbolic interactionist perspective is apparent in many texts. The readiness to trespass the boundaries of various approaches and disciplines is noticeable. The volume is divided into three parts: Symbols and Society. Theoretical Perspectives; Political Discourse and Symbolic Action; Religious Symbolism and Power. Symbolism of discourses, symbolic objects and symbolic actions are three intrinsically related domains that were studied.
The Editor: Elżbieta Hałas, the editor of the volume, is Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. Her publications include: Symbols in Interaction, Warsaw 2001: Oficyna Naukowa (in Polish). She edited and introduced: Theodore Abel, The Columbia Circle of Scholars. Selection from the Journal (1930-1957), Frankfurt am Main 2001: Peter Lang.