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Conceptualising European society on non-normative grounds : logics of sociation, glocalisation, and conflict.

Krossa, Anne Sophie (2009) Conceptualising European society on non-normative grounds : logics of sociation, glocalisation, and conflict. European Journal of Social Theory, 12 (2). pp. 249-264.

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Abstract

For the most part, current reflections on the social seem to overemphasize either homogeneity (society/nation-state, modernization/globalization) or heterogeneity (sociality, cosmopolitanism). Against this, here the argument is put forward that it is appropriate to think of the social as consisting of aspects of homogeneity or shared frames of reference and aspects of heterogeneity at the same time. This thought is developed particularly in contrast to normative concepts such as Bauman's sociality—republicanism nexus or Beck and Grande's ideas on European cosmopolitanism. With the help of concepts such as sociation, glocalization and conflict, a basis will be developed for the elaboration of particular socials (e.g. Europe) as a general social theory. This avoids falling into normative traps, which are usually risky when starting out from a historical particularity to explain current and future structures and features of notions such as European society.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Social Theory
Additional Information: “The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Feminist Theory, 5 (1), 2004, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2009 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the European Journal of Social Theory page: http://est.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Uncontrolled Keywords: conflict • European society • globalization • glocalization • sociality • sociation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 28166
Deposited By: Dr Anne Sophie Krossa
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2009 10:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:45
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28166

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