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Sociological Theory and Collective Subjectivity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Synthesis and Causality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 3-21
    3. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 39-57
  3. Two Concepts Of Collective Subjectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 61-77
    3. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 78-92
  4. Social Systems And Collective Subjectivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 95-96
    3. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 97-109
    4. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 110-126
    5. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 127-147
    6. José Maurício Dọmingues
      Pages 148-164
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 165-205

About this book


The main theme of this book is collective subjectivity, analysed especially in connection with the work of Marx, Parsons, Giddens and Habermas, but also addressing the manifold tendencies of sociological theory, from its inception to the present. The book supports the idea that there is a conceptual shortcoming in the most relevant contemporary research programs in sociological theory, despite some recent efforts to re-develop concepts of collective actor, class or social movement. After the fragmentation of the sixties a number of synthetical approaches emerged. Some writers, such as Touraine, Laclau and Mouffe, Olson, Coleman, Hindess, Mouzelis and Eder have proposed some versions of concepts of collective subjectivity, focusing on collective actors, classes, genders, social movements, organisations and collective utilitarian action. But they do not, in terms of general conceptual construction, go further than Parsons and Marx: they often fail to match their original formulations. The concept of collective subjectivity is introduced to bring together these diverse approaches, which are synthesised and receive a more general definition. Moreover, this new concept is directly linked to those contemporary syntheses.


interaction Marx organization sociological theory sociology

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  1. 1.Social Sciences Department Institute for Philosophy and the Social SciencesRio de Janeiro Federal UniversityBrazil

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