Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Meanings of Social LifeA Cultural Sociology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 September 2019

The Strong Program In Cultural Sociology

The Strong Program In Cultural Sociology

Elements of a Structural Hermeneutics (with Philip Smith)

Chapter:
(p.11) 1 The Strong Program In Cultural Sociology
Source:
The Meanings of Social Life
Author(s):

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Philip Smith

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0011

This chapter evaluates the competing models or understandings of culture currently available to social theory using the concept of cultural autonomy. It highlights the fundamental flaws that characterize most of these models and proposes an alternative approach that can be broadly understood as a kind of structural hermeneutics. It explains that structuralism and hermeneutics can be made into fine bedfellows because the former offers possibilities for general theory construction, prediction, and assertions of the autonomy of culture while the latter allows analysis to capture the texture and temper of social life.

Keywords:   culture, social theory, cultural autonomy, structural hermeneutics, structuralism, theory construction, social life

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .