Bakhtin and the Human Sciences

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Bakhtin and the Human Sciences demonstrates the abundance of ideas Bakhtin's thought offers to the human sciences, and reconsiders him as a social thinker, not just a literary theorist. The contributors hail from many disciplines and their essays' implications extend into other fields in the human sciences. The volume emphasizes Bakhtin's work on dialogue, carnival, ethics and everyday life, as well as the relationship between Bakhtin's ideas and those of other important social theorists.
In a lively introduction Gardiner and Bell discuss Bakhtin's significance as a major intellectual figure and situate his ideas within current trends and developments in social theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13.72mm | 380g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 0761955305
  • 9780761955306
  • 1,012,706

Table of contents

Bakhtin and the Human Sciences - Michael Gardiner and Michael Mayerfeld Bell
An Introduction
A Bakhtinian Psychology - John Shotter and Michael Billig
From Out of the Heads of Individuals and into the Dialogues between Them
The Dialogics of Narrative Identity - Jennifer De Peuter
Culture as Dialogue - Michael Mayerfeld Bell
Bakhtin and the Dialogic of Society - Dorothy Smith
An Investigation
The Grotesque of the Body Electric - Peter Hitchcock
Bakhtin's Dialogical Body Politics - Hwa Yol Jung
Knowing the Subaltern - Michael Bernard-Donals
Bakhtin, Carnival and the Other Voice of the Human Sciences
'The Incomparable Monster of Solipsism' - Michael Gardiner
Bakhtin and Merleau-Ponty
Bakhtin and Mannheim - Raymond A Morrow
An Introductory Dialogue
The Death and Rebirth of the Author - Ian Burkitt
The Bakhtin Circle and Bourdieu on Individuality, Language and Revolution
Bakhtinian Perspectives on 'Everyday Life' Sociology - Courtney Bender
The Shock of the Old - Barry Sandywell
Mikhail Bakhtin's Contributions to the Theory of Time and Alterity
The Norms of Answerability - Greg Nielsen
Bakhtin and the Fourth Postulate
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Review quote

What are we to make of Bakhtin? Nearly twenty years after his death, the full richness of his ideas has still not been digested. For many people working in the social sciences he remains a mysterious and impenetrable writer. Many are conscious hat his ideas are relevant for sociology and cultural studies, but would be hard pressed to give chapter and verse. Others regard Bakhtin to be figure who contributed to the literary and philologic fields of study.

This accessible and thoughtful text aims to demonstrate the relevance of Bakhtin to the human sciences. It argues that most of the current literature has been characterized by a superficial appropriation of Bakhtinian ideas and neologisms. What has been neglected is a serious engagement with his core ideas and a sustained reflection on their implications for social and cultural theory.

A lively introduction discusses the importance of Bakhtin as a major intellectual figure and situates his ideas in current theoretical trends and developments. This is followed by essays from a diverse group of contributors, organized around the four main themes in Bakhtin's work: dialogics, carnivals, conversations and ethics and everyday life.

Bakhtin and the Human Sciences is an accurate and insightful attempt to extend Bakhtin's ideas into the mainstream social sciences and to reconsider Bakhtin as a social thinker, not just a literary theorist.
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About Michael Gardiner

Michael E Gardiner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada Michael Mayerfeld Bell is Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For his day job, he is principally an environmental sociologist and a social theorist, focusing on dialogics, the sociology of nature, and social justice. These concerns for the world have led him to studies of agroecology, the body, community, consumption, culture, development, food, democracy, economic sociology, gender, inequality, participation, place, politics, rurality, the sociology of music, and more. He is also a part-time composer of grassroots and classical music, and a mandolinist, guitarist, and singer.
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