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  • Meaning and Methodby Isaac Reed; Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 44.95

    Culture is increasingly important to American social science, but in what way? This book addresses the core issues of the sociology of culture-questions about the social role of meaning, along with those about the methods sociologists use to study culture and society-in a manner that makes clear their relevance to sociology as a whole. Part I consists... more...

  • Staging Solidarityby Tanya Goodman; Ronald Eyerman; Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 38.95

    The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is a modern social drama that enabled the nation's apartheid past to be constructed as a cultural trauma, and by doing so created a new collective narrative of diversity and inclusion. The TRC relied primarily on testimonies from victims and perpetrators of apartheid violence who came forward... more...

  • The Civil Sphereby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 19.99

    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$ 17.99

    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$ 27.99

    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 1990; US$ 36.00

    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 cultural... more...

  • The Dark Side of Modernityby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Wiley 2013; US$ 22.95

    In this book, one of the world’s leading social theorists presents a critical, alarmed, but also nuanced understanding of the post-traditional world we inhabit today. Jeffrey Alexander writes about modernity as historical time and social condition, but also as ideology and utopia. The idea of modernity embodies the Enlightenment’s noble... more...

  • Traumaby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Wiley 2013; US$ 69.95

    In this book Jeffrey C. Alexander develops an original social theory of trauma and uses it to carry out a series of empirical investigations into social suffering around the globe. Alexander argues that traumas are not merely psychological but collective experiences, and that trauma work plays a key role in defining the origins and outcomes of... more...

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

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 47.95

    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...