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              The Rationalization of the World?: Reason Re-Imagined

              The Rationalization of the World?: Reason Re-Imagined (Hardback)

              By Webel, Charles P.

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              One of the most influential ideas of 20th-century Occidental culture is rationalization. Max Weber conceived of rationalization as a universal historical process through which societies and persons must pass in order to become more rational and efficient, while Sigmund Freud view...ed rationalization as the individual's unconscious inventing of a reason for an attitude or action for which the person's real motive is not acknowledged. Today, we live in a world where rationalization with an Occidental face has gone global. But to what extent is the globalization of Western rationality beneficial? Are there viable alternatives to political and personal rationalization for those cultures and individuals unable or unwilling to become more rational? The Rationalization of the World? addresses these questions by closely examining influential contemporary theories of reason, rationality, and rationalization, as well as their opposites and alternatives. Charles Webel explains the intellectual and political contexts in which rationality and rationalization have assumed their importance for Western culture in particular, and, increasingly, for the world as a whole. Additionally, the book assesses the strengths and weaknesses of recent postmodernist and neuroscientific challenges to entrenched notions of reason and rationality. Finally, Webel argues that Occidental rationality and rationalization should be reformulated and revised, and that reason needs to be re-imagined rather than abandoned. Webel's book asserts that 21st-century globalization with an Occidental face has exacerbated the external and internal liabilities of the rationalization processes described by Weber, Freud, and others, and proposes a way to address these challenges, making it of interest to scholars of political and social theory/philosophy, intellectual history, and the history of ideas and philosophy.
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              ISBN 9781138013520
              Released NZ 22 Aug 2017
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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              Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Total Domination: The Holocaust, Plurality, and Resistance
               

              Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Total Domination: The Holocaust, Plurality, and Resistance (Hardback)

              By Aharony, Michal

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              Responding to the increasingly influential role of Hannah Arendt s political philosophy in recent years, Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Total Domination: The Holocaust, Plurality, and Resistance, critically engages with Arendt s political theory and seeks to illuminate certain a...mbiguities, limits, weaknesses, and inconsistencies in her understanding of totalitarianism. According to Arendt, the main goal of totalitarianism was total domination. While Arendt s focus was on examining the perspective and motivation of the perpetrators, Michal Aharony argues that we can gain a better understanding of the concept of total domination through the experiences of the victims. The first book-length study to juxtapose Arendt s concept of total domination with actual testimonies of Holocaust survivors, this book both confronts Arendt s political theory of totalitarianism and calls for integration of the voices and narratives of the actors in the construction of political concepts and theoretical systems. To achieve this, Aharony engages with both well-known and non-canonical intellectuals and writers who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Additionally, she analyzes the oral testimonies of survivors who are largely unknown, drawing from interviews conducted in Israel and in the U.S., as well as from videotaped interviews from archives around the world. Contrary to Arendt, Aharony argues that the failure of Nazi totalitarianism to achieve total domination demonstrates the persistence of morality and free agency even under the most extreme and de-humanizing conditions. Her book seeks to show that humanity can be salvaged amidst the most inhuman of circumstances, while cautiously suggesting that absolute domination is never as absolute as it claims or wishes to be. Scholars of political philosophy, political science, history, and Holocaust studies will find this an original and compelling book.
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              ISBN 9780415702560
              Released NZ 18 Mar 2015
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              Elementary Forms of Social Relations: Status, power and reference groups

              Elementary Forms of Social Relations: Status, power and reference groups (Paperback)

              By Kemper, Theodore D.

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              Elementary Forms of Social Relations introduces the reader to social life as a perpetual quest by individuals to gain attention, respect and regard (status) accompanied by an effort to marshal defensive and offensive means (power) to overcome the reluctance of others to grant sta...tus. This work is based on empirical evidence from many research settings showing that status and power are the main relational modes and that to understand our own and others' social behaviour, we need to understand how status and power operate in relational conduct. The status-power and reference group approach is applied to enumerate the relatively few ways in which social interaction can occur. Chapters compare the analytic value of the concept of the self with the value of reference groups that create the self. Threads of investigation include: considering the fallacy of abandoning reference groups as sources of cultural information in favour of approaches derived from cognitive neuroscience; examining a multi-person conversation from a status-power-and-reference-group stance as against a view of the same conversation based on principles of Conversation Analysis; and asserting the universality of personal status-power interests even among national leaders to name a few. By applying the author's main theory to a range of specific cases, the author reaffirms the importance of the social to our understanding of a variety of phenomena, including the self, cultural transmission, the conduct of leaders and economic activity. This book provides readers with transparent instances of the theory in action and thus will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in theory and social interaction.
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              ISBN 9780367175214
              Released NZ 31 Jan 2019
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              Complexity, Society and Social Transactions: Developing a Comprehensive Social Theory

              Complexity, Society and Social Transactions: Developing a Comprehensive Social Theory (Paperback)

              By Whalen, Thomas B.

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              This book develops and presents a general social theory explaining social, cultural and economic ontology and, as a by-product, the ontology of other social institutions and structures. This theory is called social transaction theory. Using the framework of the complex adaptive s...ystems model, this transdisciplinary social theory proposes that society, culture and economy are emergent from social and environmental transaction and negotiation. Each transaction contains an element of negotiation. With each transaction, there is continual renegotiation, however small or large. Even if the result is no change, renegotiation takes place. Thus, there is a constant emergence of social constructions and a continuous reconstruction of society in the `specious present.' Practices, beliefs, explanations, and traditions become part of the accepted canon of a group through continual social transaction. Deviations from canon and expected outcomes are managed through narrative. Narrative can be either rejected or accepted into the social canon of a group or society. This social theory applied Bhaskar's critical realism to refine the several theoretical works that were utilized. These include complex adaptive systems, Mead's social theory, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Strauss's negotiated order theory, game theory, Bruner's narrative and folk psychology, Giddens's structuration theory and Ricoeur's interpretation theory. A transdisciplinary account of the emergence of society and culture and the role of narrative, Complexity, Society and Social Transactions will appeal to scholars and practitioners of social theory and sociology.
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              ISBN 9780367208301
              Released NZ 17 Jan 2019
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              Marxism, Religion and Ideology: Themes from David McLellan
               

              Marxism, Religion and Ideology: Themes from David McLellan (Hardback)

              Edited by Bates, David; MacKenzie, Iain; Sayers, Professor Sean

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              As austerity measures are put into place the world over and global restructuring is acknowledged by all as an attempt to bolster the economic system, there is a great need to come to grips with the economic, political and philosophical legacy of Marx. As the Cold War drifts into ...the history books, it is possible to reconsider the lasting impact of Marx s analyses without the shadow of Soviet repression. Of particular interest are Marx s analyses of alienation and the cycles of boom and bust thought to be integral to the functioning of capitalism. Are we witnessing the return of Marx ? Few scholars have done as much to tease out the intricacies of Marx, ideology and religion and their overlapping concerns as the eminent writer and top Marx biographer, Professor David McLellan. This book brings together a group of internationally renowned academics to reflect upon, develop and criticise McLellan s analyses of these three themes with a view to contributing more broadly to scholarly debates in these fields. Each chapter, written to a common template sets out to: Deepen scholarly interpretation of Marx and Marxism Assess the relevance or not of Marx s analyses of capitalism, in the wake of the current economic crisis Evaluate the potential for social-theoretical approaches to the nature of ideology in a post-political world Further debate the role of religion in multicultural settings and a global order increasingly divided along secular-religious lines Reflect upon the legacy of McLellan s contribution to social and political theory. This exciting and timely analysis will be of interest to scholars of political theory, the history of political thought (including historical methodology), Marx and Marxism, sociology of knowledge (particularly in relation to discussions of ideology), religion and theology more widely.
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              ISBN 9781138850613
              Released NZ 6 Oct 2015
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              Authenticity, Autonomy and Multiculturalism
               

              Authenticity, Autonomy and Multiculturalism (Hardback)

              Edited by Levey, Geoffrey Brahm

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              Multiculturalism as a public policy was born barely forty years ago, yet everywhere today it is controversial. Inaugurated in Canada by the Trudeau government in 1971 and adopted in a modified form by Australia a few years later, the 1980s and early 1990s saw multicultural polici...es introduced in many countries, including Britain and the Netherlands. The meanings and implications of the term multiculturalism differ in each country, and there is a range of nuances in each location that are perhaps lost in the others. Nevertheless, in each case there is an in-principle commitment to the peaceful co-existence of different sub-national communities - defined in terms of national background, ethnicity and/or religion - in social harmony and mutual respect. At the same time, in almost every democracy where some version of multiculturalism has been entertained, this venture has been traversed by a range of anxieties both in private opinions and public debate - anxieties over the extent to which the practices and beliefs of minority communities seem to conflict with prevailing social values or legal norms. Central to this concern and perceived conflict is the value liberal societies place on the autonomy of the individual. Just as the value of autonomy is central to these disputes, so is the idea of authenticity often pivotal to the understanding of autonomy in relation to such cases. Geoffrey Brahm Levey and his distinguished group of philosophers, political theorists, and anthropologists explore questions central to the authenticity, individual autonomy, and the recognition and accommodation of cultural minorities and their practices. Discussing a wide range of illustrative cases and controversies drawn from Britain and continental Europe, North America, Australia, and the Middle East, they address various issues raised by these complex interactions between authenticity, individual autonomy, and the recognition and accommodation of cultural minorities and their practices. M
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              ISBN 9781138845213
              Released NZ 8 May 2015
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              Hemingway on Politics and Rebellion
               

              Hemingway on Politics and Rebellion (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Frederking, Lauretta Conklin

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              Hemingway has been labeled a 'communist sympathizer,' 'elitist', and a 'rugged individualist.' This volume embraces the complexity of political advocacy in Hemingway's novels and short stories. Hemingway's characters physically, intellectually and spiritually become part of resis...ting current conditions and affirm the value of resistance, even destruction, regardless of political outcome. Much more than political nihilism, rebellion allows man to realize the potentialities of his greatness as a leader, the realities of his solidarity as a comrade, and the simple sensations of everyday living. Hemingway draws new perspectives on the meaning of politics in our own lives at the same time as his writings affirm boundaries of political thought and literary theory for explaining many of the themes we study.
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              ISBN 9781138833296
              Released NZ 16 Jul 2015
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              Culture, Class, and Critical Theory: Between Bourdieu and the Frankfurt School
               

              Culture, Class, and Critical Theory: Between Bourdieu and the Frankfurt School (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gartman, David

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              Culture, Class, and Critical Theory develops a theory of culture that explains how ideas create and legitimate class inequalities in modern society. This theory is developed through a critique and comparison of the powerful ideas on culture offered by Pierre Bourdieu and the Fran...kfurt School thinkers, especially Theodor Adorno. These ideas are illuminated and criticized through the development of two empirical cases on which Gartman has published extensively, automobile design and architecture. Bourdieu and the Frankfurt School postulate opposite theories of the cultural legitimation of class inequalities. Bourdieu argues that the culture of modern society is a class culture, a ranked diversity of beliefs and tastes corresponding to different classes. The cultural beliefs and practices of the dominant class are arbitrarily defined as superior, thus legitimating its greater share of social resources. By contrast, the thinkers of the Frankfurt School conceive of modern culture as a mass culture, a leveled homogeneity in which the ideas and tastes shared by all classes disguises real class inequalities. This creates the illusion of an egalitarian democracy that prevents inequalities from being contested. Through an empirical assessment of the theories against the cases, Gartman reveals that both are correct, but for different parts of modern culture. These parts combine to provide a strong legitimation of class inequalities.
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              ISBN 9781138920583
              Released NZ 21 May 2015
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              Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism
               

              Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism (Hardback)

              Edited by Caraus, Tamara; Paris, Elena

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              Leading experts and rising stars in the field explore whether cosmopolitanism becomes impossible in the theoretical framework that assumed the absence of a final ground. The questions that the volume addresses refer exactly to the foundational predicament that characterizes cosmo...politanism: How is it possible to think cosmopolitanism after the critique of foundations? Can cosmopolitanism be conceived without an 'ultimate' ground? Can we construct theories of cosmopolitanism without some certainties about the entire world or about the cosmos? Should we continue to look for foundations of cosmopolitan rights, norms and values? Alternatively, should we aim towards cosmopolitanism without foundations or towards cosmopolitanism with 'contingent foundations'? Could cosmopolitanism be the very attempt to come to terms with the failure of ultimate grounds? Written accessibly and contributing to key debates on political philosophy, and social and political thought, this volume advances the concept of post-foundational cosmopolitanism by bridging the polarised approaches to the concept.
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              ISBN 9781138913349
              Released NZ 2 Dec 2015
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              Comedy and the Public Sphere: The Rebirth of Theatre as Comedy and the Genealogy of the Modern Public Arena
               

              Comedy and the Public Sphere: The Rebirth of Theatre as Comedy and the Genealogy of the Modern Public Arena (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Szakolczai, Arpad

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              The book aims at reframing the discussion on the public sphere, usually understood as the place where the public opinion is formed, through rational discussion. The aim of this book is to give an account of this rationality, and its serious shortcomings, examining the role of the... media and the confusing of public roles and personal identity. It focuses in particular on the role of the theatrical and comical in the historical development of the public sphere, and in this manner reformulating definitions of common sense, personal identity, and culture.
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              ISBN 9781138920668
              Released NZ 21 May 2015
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