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The Meanings of Social LifeA Cultural Sociology$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.001.0001

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The meanings of (social) life

The meanings of (social) life

On the Origins of a Cultural Sociology

(p.3) Introduction The meanings of (social) life
The Meanings of Social Life

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about social life and cultural sociology. The chapters in this volume can be considered as adventures in the dialectics of cultural thought as they move back and forth between theorizing and researching, between interpretations and explanations, between cultural logics and cultural pragmatics. This volume presents a new approach for understanding how culture works in contemporary societies and shows how some unseen cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions.

Keywords:   social life, cultural sociology, dialectics, cultural thought, cultural logics, cultural pragmatics, contemporary societies, cultural structures

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