Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 August 2008

814 Pages


ISBN: 9780195369304

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The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander

  • A sweeping work of social theory that emphasizes our broad solidaristic humanity. While Foucault and Bourdieu focused on the self-interested, divisive aspects of human nature and society, Alexander rounds out the portrait with a look at the solidaristic ties that bind us together
  • Explaining how people "come together" in the real world, Alexander relates his theory of solidarity to social movements, in this case the struggle for black civil rights, and other solidaristic shifts in society, like how anti-Semitism came to be seen as anti-democratic after World War II. This book explains the human impulses that drive displays of camaraderie between peoples, using historical and contemporary examples we are all familiar with

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