The Civil Sphere
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The Civil Sphere

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How do real individuals live together in real societies in the real world? Jeffrey Alexander's masterful work, The Civil Sphere, addresses this central paradox of modern life. Feelings for others-the solidarity that is ignored or underplayed by theories of power or self-interest-are at the heart of this novel inquiry into the meeting place between normative theories of what we think we should do and empirical studies of who we actually are. A grand and sweeping statement, The Civil Sphere is a major contribution to our thinking about the real but ideal world in which we all reside.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 816 pages
  • 162.6 x 238.8 x 50.8mm | 1,292.75g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195162501
  • 9780195162509

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The Civil Sphere offers grand theorizing in ways that remind us of both what we are and what we can be. Jeffrey Alexander offers sociology at least a place from which it may begin again. * The New Republic *show more

About Jeffrey C. Alexander

Jeffrey C. Alexander is Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, and co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. He is also the author of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology (Oxford, 2003).show more

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