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Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology

Sociology through Relation

Theoretical Assessments from the French Tradition

Authors: Papilloud, Christian

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  • Presents novel theoretical arguments in the sub-field of relational sociology
  • Discusses authors who are central to the discipline (Durkheim and Bourdieu) while bringing in analyses of more peripheral but still important thinkers (Mauss and Latour) and resurrecting marginal theorists
  • Compares and contrasts different voices in the history of French sociology
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This book delivers a top-down understanding of relation as a macro-phenomenon in society. This understanding rests on the reconstruction of an ongoing debate in the French tradition about the purpose of a relational perspective in sociology and the social sciences. Christian Papilloud analyzes the cardinal steps of this debate, which historically relate to the concept of solidarity, expressing an ideal of social cohesion through relationships between personal and non-personal actors. In social theory, it is well-known that solidarity refers to Emile Durkheim. But little is known about the controversies generated in relation to the purpose of a relational perspective in sociology. Papilloud reconstructs and follows the most important of these controversies in a comparative perspective, beginning with Emile Durkheim and Gaston Richard on solidarity, Richard and Marcel Mauss on sacrifice and magic, Mauss and Pierre Bourdieu on gift and social positions, Bourdieu and Bruno Latour on the objects of exchanges and institutions, and Latour and Durkheim on reciprocity and control. These comparisons give shape to a theoretical framework for a 'sociology through relation.

About the authors

Christian Papilloud is a sociologist at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. He was written and edited several books and articles on the relational perspective in sociology based on the controversies between French and German scholars today and yesterday.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Sociology Through Relation and Relational Sociology

    Pages 1-28

    Papilloud, Christian

  • Solidarity: Émile Durkheim, Gaston Richard and Social Cohesion

    Pages 29-65

    Papilloud, Christian

  • Contact: Gaston Richard and Marcel Mauss on Sacrifice and Magic

    Pages 67-99

    Papilloud, Christian

  • Position: Marcel Mauss and Pierre Bourdieu on Gift, Interest, and the Mobilisation of Actors

    Pages 101-145

    Papilloud, Christian

  • Mediations: Pierre Bourdieu and Bruno Latour on Objects, Institution and Legitimisation

    Pages 147-184

    Papilloud, Christian

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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sociology through Relation
Book Subtitle
Theoretical Assessments from the French Tradition
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65073-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65073-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65072-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87943-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 271
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