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Existential Sociology - Jack D. Douglas

Existential Sociology

By: Jack D. Douglas (Editor), John M. Johnson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd January 1978
ISBN: 9780521292252
Number Of Pages: 346

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This collection of ten original essays was first published in 1977. It engages the 'crisis in sociology' at the most fundamental level of thought and experience. Existential sociology is defined as the study and understanding of all forms of human existence. Without seeking to erect a pristine philosophical sanctuary of its own, Existential Sociology examines and criticizes the underlying philosophical assumptions of previous theories of social science, while elaborating its own approach to human understanding. The contributors are concerned with constructing practical as well as theoretical truths about social life - how we feel, think and act. In contrast to most other sociologies, the emphasis is on the independence and dominance of human feelings over the evaluative and cognitive features of social actions. Students and teachers of sociology and people in related fields interested in the connection between social science and their own subjects will find Existential Sociology useful and absorbing.

Introduction; About the contributors
Aspects of Existential Sociology
Existential sociology
The Fundamental Issues and Existential Sociology
The emergence of existential thought: philosophical perspectives on positivist and humanist forms of social theory
The existential thought of Jean Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty
The Phenomenological Sociologies and Existential Sociology
The sociology of Alfred Schutz
Ethnomethodology and existential sociology
Practical reasoning in action
Beyond the Rational Frontwork
Behind the rational appearances: fusion of thinking and feeling in sociological research
Occasioned transcendence
The Existential Self
The chronic pain experience
The existential self in the gay world Carol
Appendix: the origins of existential sociology
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521292252
ISBN-10: 0521292255
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 23rd January 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.51