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Jeffrey C. Alexander

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  • 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...

  • The Modern Reconstruction of Classical Thought: Talcott Parsonsby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 160.00

    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, Presuppositionsby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 120.00

    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...

  • The Classical Attempt at Theoretical Synthesis: Max Weberby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 120.00

    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 & Durkheimby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 160.00

    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...

  • Durkheimian Sociologyby Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Cambridge University Press 1988; 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...

  • 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$ 22.95

    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...