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Existential Sociology

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Jack D. Douglas, Richard H. Brown, Andrea Fontana, Richard Van de Water, David L. Altheide, John M. Johnson, John P. Anderson, Joseph A. Kotarba, Carol A. B. Warren, Barbara Ponse
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  • Date Published: November 1977
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521292252

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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.

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    • Date Published: November 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521292252
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    About the contributors
    Part I. Aspects of Existential Sociology:
    1. Existential sociology Jack D. Douglas
    Part II. The Fundamental Issues and Existential Sociology:
    2. The emergence of existential thought: philosophical perspectives on positivist and humanist forms of social theory Richard H. Brown
    3. The existential thought of Jean Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty Andrea Fontana and Richard Van de Water
    Part III. The Phenomenological Sociologies and Existential Sociology:
    4. The sociology of Alfred Schutz David L. Altheide
    5. Ethnomethodology and existential sociology John M. Johnson
    6. Practical reasoning in action John P. Anderson
    Part IV. Beyond the Rational Frontwork:
    7. Behind the rational appearances: fusion of thinking and feeling in sociological research John M. Johnson
    8. Occasioned transcendence John M. Johnson
    Part V. The Existential Self:
    9. The chronic pain experience Joseph A. Kotarba
    10. The existential self in the gay world Carol A. B. Warren and Barbara Ponse
    Appendix: the origins of existential sociology Jack D. Douglas
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Jack D. Douglas

    John M. Johnson

    Contributors

    Jack D. Douglas, Richard H. Brown, Andrea Fontana, Richard Van de Water, David L. Altheide, John M. Johnson, John P. Anderson, Joseph A. Kotarba, Carol A. B. Warren, Barbara Ponse

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