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  • Obama Powerby Jeffrey C. Alexander; Bernadette N. Jaworsky

    Wiley 2014; US$ 19.95

    What is the source of Obama's power? How is it that, after suffering a humiliating defeat in the 2010 mid-term elections, Obama was able to turn the situation around, deftly outmaneuvering his opponent and achieving a decisive victory in the November 2012 presidential election? In this short and brilliant book, Jeffrey Alexander and Bernadette Jaworsky... more...

  • The Civil Sphereby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 18.99

    Societies are not governed only by power and self-interest. What then does make societies function? How do real individuals live together in real societies in the real world? This work addresses this central paradox of modern life. more...

  • The Meanings of Social Lifeby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 18.99

    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"... more...

  • The Performance of Politicsby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 23.99

    Jeffrey Alexander, a preeminent figure in social theory, offers here a new way of looking at democratic struggles for political power, discussing what happened, and why, during Barack Obama's remarkable run for president. Illustrated with vivid examples drawn from a range of media coverage, participant observation at a Camp Obama, and interviews... more...

  • Durkheimian Sociologyby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Cambridge University Press 1988; US$ 34.00

    Rejecting a structural approach, the contributors offer a radically different interpretation of Durkheim, focusing on his later work, the symbolic theory of industrial societies. more...

  • Performance and Powerby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Wiley 2013; US$ 24.95

    Performativity has emerged as a critical new idea across the humanities and social sciences, from literary and cultural studies to the study of gender and the philosophy of action. In this volume, Jeffrey Alexander demonstrates how performance can reorient our study of politics and society. Alexander develops a cultural pragmatics that shifts... more...

  • Modern Reconstruction of Classical Thought (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)by Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 150.00

    In this volume the author maintains that sociology must learn to combine the insights of both Durkheim and Marx and that it can only do so on the presuppositional ground that Weber set forth. Alexander maintains that the idealist and materialist traditions must be transformed into analytic dimensions of multidimensional and synthetic theory. This... more...

  • Positivism, Presupposition and Current Controversies (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)by Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 115.00

    This volume begins by challenging the bases of the recent scientization of sociology. Then it challenges some of the ambitious claims of recent theoretical debate. The author not only reinterprets the most important classical and modern sociological theories but extracts from the debates the elements of a more satisfactory, inclusive approach to these... more...

  • Classical Attempt at Theoretical Synthesis (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)by Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 115.00

    The limits of one-dimensional theory are strikingly revealed in the schools that the founders of the major sociological traditions established. In this volume Max Weber is presented as the theorist who laid out new starting points and the author considers his work as a response, in part, to the idealist tradition which (in Volume 2), he maintains... more...

  • The Antinomies of Classical Thought: Marx and Durkheim (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)by Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 150.00

    This volume challenges prevailing understanding of the two great founders of sociological thought. In a detailed and systematic way the author demonstrates how Marx and Durkheim gradually developed the fundamental frameworks for sociological materialism and idealism. While most recent interpreters of Marx have placed alienation and subjectivity at... more...