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Simmel and beyond, the contemporary relevance of Simmel's thought, edited by Pedro Caetano and Maria Manuela Mendes

"Bringing together the work of scholars from across Europe, this book shows how Simmel's categories can be used to explore contemporary issues and further shed light on trends characteristic of global modernity. Thematically organised around the major societal challenges currently faced by developed countries - those of making societies that are inclusive, reflexive and creative, sustainable, and democratic societies - it examines diverse phenomena, such as living in an increasingly multicultural societies, the social exclusion of vulnerable ethnic groups, the reception of migrants or refugees from politically unstable and economically depressed countries , the need to fight climate change, the rise of political populism, and the recruitment of youths from western countries to Islamic religious fundamentalism. Drawing on Simmel's sociological theory and expounding new approaches to research inspired by his work, this volume emphasises the conceptual pillars of Simmelian thought, meanings, processes, and forms. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and social theory with interests in the work of Simmel and its contemporary relevance"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of illustrations -- List of contributors -- Introduction -- PART I: Inclusive societies -- 1 Building a bridge of justice: Simmel's view to overcome otherness towards an inclusive society -- 2 Real bridges and mental borders: in an ethnically mixed Transylvanian community -- 3 Roma/Ciganos and the condition of internal strange in Portuguese society: the construction of otherness -- 4 Social cohesion through outside threats and multiple identities: Simmel's legacy in the analysis of social conflicts -- PART II: Innovative societies -- 5 Contemporary insights into Simmel's approach to nature -- 6 Back to Simmel: a new approach to third-party reproduction -- PART III: Reflective societies -- 7 Simmel's formal sociology and the risk of mass society -- 8 The Simmelian digital metropolis: a cultural perspective on the Internet age -- 9 Simmelian concept of life and life-capital in the biocapitalism -- 10 Spirituality, science and dissonances of modernity - in dialogue between Simmel and Weber -- 11 Religiosity and the law of the individual: converts to Islam and the search for the authentic self -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (239 pages)
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