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- 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...
- 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...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 18.99
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...
- 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...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 198.00
Rethinking Progress provides a challenging reevaluation of one of the crucial ideas of Western civilization; the notion of progress. Progress often seems to have become self-defeating, producing ecological deserts, overpopulated cities, exhausted resources, decaying cultures, and widespread feelings of alienation. The contributors, from all over... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 20.99
Foreword by Geoffrey Hartman PART I: Chapter 1: The Social Construction of Moral Universals, Jeffrey Alexander PART II: Chapter 2: Allegories of Evil: A Response to Jeffrey Alexander, Martin Jay Chapter 3: From Denial to Confessions of Guilt: The German Case, Bernhard Giesen Chapter 4: Multidirectional Memory and the Universalization of the Holocaust... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 29.00
Theorist Clifford Geertz's influence extends far beyond anthropology. Indeed the case could be made that he has been abandoned by anthropology and that his legacy has been transferred to a more diffuse community of scholars interested in interpretation. This volume reflects the breadth of his influence, looking at Geertz as a theorist rather than... more...