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Ordinary Knowledge

Michel Maffesoli

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ISBN 10: 0745611184 / ISBN 13: 9780745611181
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208 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.2in. x 0.9in.In this important and stylish book, Michel Maffesoli argues that it is impossible to reduce knowledge to a conception of science inherited from the nineteenth century. Instead, he argues, we must go beyond intellectual conformities based on limited and archaic moral or political foundations. This approach emphasizes the growing importance of information and communication in modern societies. Maffesoli suggests that sociologists have too often succumbed to the positivist fascination of analytical formalism and dualistic thinking. Rather than viewing society as a finished product, he develops an approach which seeks to analyse, in all their nuances and contradictions, the new forms of social life - particularly everyday life - which are beginning to emerge in the late twentieth century. A timely contribution to current debates, Ordinary Knowledge will be welcomed by students and researchers in sociology and social theory. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780745611181

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Title: Ordinary Knowledge

Publisher: Polity Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Hardcover

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In this important and stylish book, Michel Maffesoli argues that itis impossible to reduce knowledge to a conception of scienceinherited from the nineteenth century. Instead, he argues, we mustgo beyond intellectual conformities based on limited and archaicmoral or political foundations. This approach emphasizes thegrowing importance of information and communication in modernsocieties.

Maffesoli suggests that sociologists have too often succumbed tothe "positivist fascination" of analytical formalism and dualisticthinking. Rather than viewing society as a finished product, hedevelops an approach which seeks to analyse, in all their nuancesand contradictions, the new forms of social life - particularlyeveryday life - which are beginning to emerge in the late twentiethcentury.

A timely contribution to current debates, Ordinary Knowledge willbe welcomed by students and researchers in sociology and socialtheory.

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Michel Maffesoli teaches at the University of Paris V-Sorbonne.

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