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Invisibilization of Suffering

The Moral Grammar of Disrespect

Authors: Herzog, Benno

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  • Presents a comprehensive bridge between critical social theory and sociological research methodology, overcoming a sociological deficit of critical theory
    Brings together more than 10 years of dedication to critical theory and
    discrimination
    Posits that visibilization is not always the way towards inclusion and solidarity - providing instead a critical view on visibilization as social control

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About this book

This book offers a comprehensive theory of invisibility as a critical sociological concept, addressing the relationship between social suffering and invisibilization.

Herzog draws on social theory and a variety of empirical examples to analyze social grammar and unveil various mechanisms of social suffering. Presenting an original theory of silencing and suffering, this book outlines a substantive theory and methodology of invisibilization as an instrument of authority. This systemic analysis of visibility as both a liberating and dominating mechanism will be a major contribution to the field of critical theory, offering an original framework to help improve the situation of excluded groups and individuals.

Invisibilization of Suffering will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars across sociology, social philosophy, social work, political sciences, criminology, linguistics and education, with a focus on justice theory, marginalization, discrimination and exclusion.

About the authors

Benno Herzog is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Valencia, Spain.


Reviews

“In his book, Benno Herzog enriches the critical tradition in sociology. His work radicalizes the problem of openness towards the recognition of differences. He exposes the suffering generated by (in)visibilities of those not recognized and discloses the perversions of dispositives of control. By visibilizing differences, these dispositives pursue a repressive agenda stemming from rigid normative frames, generating circuits of contradiction that violate the universal value of equality. Through the threat of visibilization and rejection, dispositives of control reinvent borders and self-affirming fortresses between social environments.” (Ignacio Sánchez de la Yncera, Professor of Sociology, Public University of Navarre, Spain)

“The analysis of social suffering has become on of the most important tools of contemporary critical social theory. Benno Herzog‘s “Suffering from Invisibilization” presents one of the most systematic accounts of social suffering, and contextualizes sociological research in a fascinating way in the conceptual landscape. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the frontiers of critical social analysis.” (Titus Stahl, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

“Suffering has seldom been recognized, much less theorized by social scientists. Yet it points to a crucial dimension of what drives human beings. By rereading a canon of critical theory from Adorno to Honneth, Benno Herzog presents us with an innovative and eminently readable account of the nexus of suffering, invisibility and critique.” (Johannes Angermuller, Professor of Discourse, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

“In this highly original book, Benno Herzog opens the sociological imagination for two notions hitherto neglected: the relevance of suffering which has been increased by the high and probably exaggerated aspirations of the modern subject, and the invisibility of sociality, and he does so in ways which not only show the link between both but which also allow for the critical perspective necessary when addressing suffering.” (Hubert Knoblauch, Professor of General Sociology and Theories of Modern Societies, Technical University of Berlin, Germany)

“With an impressive mastery of a diverse range of literature, Benno Herzog reveals how the highly personal experience of suffering in contemporary capitalist society demands individual and collective responses. Invisibilization of Suffering offers a diagnosis of social maladies that sits alongside other assessments of pathology in the tradition of critical theory. Benno Herzog’s analysis traverses the paradoxes of invisibility and shows that while unnecessary suffering is deplorable, it is not without hope. Suffering can generate semantic resources that expand normative horizons and motivate challenges to injustice. This book provides a comprehensive critical analysis that throws new light on troubling issues of our times.” (Craig Browne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia)

Table of contents (3 chapters)

Table of contents (3 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-28448-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-28447-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Invisibilization of Suffering
Book Subtitle
The Moral Grammar of Disrespect
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28448-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28448-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28447-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 217
Topics