Discussing New Materialism

Methodological Implications for the Study of Materialities

  • Ulrike Tikvah Kissmann
  • Joost  van Loon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ulrike Tikvah Kissmann, Joost van Loon
      Pages 3-18
  3. Postphenomenology and Actor-Network-Theory

  4. Cyborg and Agential Realism

  5. Praxeology and Communicative Constructivism

  6. Algorithmic Culture and Doing Science

About this book


The essays in this volume discuss the various approaches to New Materialism in Sociology and Philosophy. They raise the questions of what New Materialism consists of and whether it in fact should be considered a radical change in Social Theory. Are the ideas of a “material turn”, as the theory is formulated and in its assumptions, foreshadowed by the classical philosophies of Spinoza and Tarde? Do these new approaches bring substantially new perspectives to Social Theory? A further goal of these essays is to formulate the methodological and methodical consequences for its empirical implementation. What conditions must an ethnography of things fulfill if it is to be sufficient? Which participant objects and bodies do the approaches of the various social theories and methodologies include or exclude?

• Postphenomenology and Actor-Network-Theory
• Cyborg and Agential Realism
• Praxeology and Communicative Constructivism
• Algorithmic Culture and Doing Science

Sociologists, philosophers, artists, scholars in Science and Technology Studies

Ulrike Tikvah Kissmann is Professor of Sociological Methodology of Qualitative Reconstructive Research at the University of Kassel.
Joost van Loon is Professor of General Sociology and Sociological Theory at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.


Sozialtheorie Konstruktivismus Methodologien Material Turn Kant Marx

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrike Tikvah Kissmann
    • 1
  • Joost  van Loon
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für SozialwesenUniversität KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.Fachbereich SoziologieKU Eichstätt-IngolstadtEichstättGermany

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