People and Societies

People and Societies : Rom Harre and Designing the Social Sciences

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Rom Harre has pushed the boundaries of our thinking about people and societies and has challenged the orthodox philosophy of science and social psychology. His countless books and articles have inspired generations of scholars in philosophy, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science and social theory. The diversity of his work makes that some see him as a leading figure in the critical realist school of philosophy of science, other as a key player in developing a social constructionist approach to psychology. The present volume brings together a careful selection of his key writings and presents them in a framework that stresses the evolution of his thinking as well as the place of his thinking in ongoing debates in different disciplines. The overall theme is the study of people and their ways of life. This is the first book that gives readers a systematic introduction in the conceptual universe of this towering more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 476g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 black & white illustrations, 5 black & white tables, 4 black & white line drawings
  • 1138882038
  • 9781138882034

About Luk Van Langenhove

Luk Van Langenhove is Director of a research institute of the United Nations University in Bruges. He serves as Vice-President of the International Social Sciences Council. He has worked with Rom Harre since long and is the author of 'Innovating the Social Sciences' (2007).show more

Table of contents

1. Rom Harre and the Exploration of the Human Umwelt, Luk Van Langenhove Part 1: Epistemological and Ontological Foundations for the Social Sciences 2. Studying the Social Realm in a Scientific Way, Luk Van Langenhove 3. The Anthropomorphic Model, Rom Harre and Paul Secore 4. A Metaphysics for Conservation: Speech-acts in People-space, Peter Muhlhauser and Rom Harre 5. The Second Cognitive Revolution, Rom Harre and Grant Gillet Part 2: Conversations as the Primary Social Reality 6. Conversation as the Primary Social Reality, Luk Van Langenhove 7. Using Cognitive Tools to Perform Cognitive Tasks, Rom Harre 8. Grammar and Cognition, Rom Harre 9. Varieties of Positioning, Rom Harre and Luk Van Langenhove 10. Social Sources of Mental Content and Order, Rom Harre Part 3: Persons as Discursive Realisations 11. Persons as Discursive Realisations, Luk Van Langenhove 12. On Being a Person: Problems of Self, Rom Harre 13. Agency and Personality, Rom Harre and Grant Gillet 14. Discursive Transformations of the Body, Rom Harre 15. Individual Lives and Social Trajectories, Rom Harre Part 4: The Discursive Dimension of Societies 16. The Discursive Dimension of Societies, Luk Van Langenhove 17. Cultural Stereotypes and Positioning Theory, Luk Van Langenhove and Rom Harre 18. Crews, Clubs, Crowds and Classes: 'The Social' as a Discursive Category, Rom Harre 19. Social Reality and the Myth of Social Structure, Rom Harre 20. A Social Psychology of Social Change, Rom Harreshow more