The empirical and theoretical cases presented in this volume, when taken as a whole, demonstrate the nuanced ways that the political may influence the articulation of particular social phenomena. So too they reflect how a concern for the political impacts on how we undertake our sociological enquiries.
Michaela Benson is a research assistant at the University of Bristol. She previously held the Sociological Review fellowship (2008-9), and is the author of The British in Rural France (2011), and co-editor of the volume Lifestyle Migration (2009).
Rolland Munro is Emeritus Professor at Keele University and was previously Director of the Centre for Social Theory & Technology, CSTT. He is internationally regarded for his path-breaking and interdisciplinary work on consumption, power and identity.
Table of Contents
Introduction Unfolding social construction: sociological routes and political roots (Rolland Munro)
Part 1: Borders 1. The Danube and ways of imagining Europe (Michael Schillmeier and Wiebke Pohler) 2. The art of narrating and the question of cultural acknowledgment: the case of Die Kinder von Golzow and a reunified Germany (Barbara Gruning)
Part 2: Belonging 3. Landscape, imagination and experience: processes of emplacement among the British in rural France (Michaela Benson) 4. The reproduction of `cultural taste' amongst the Ukrainian Diaspora in Bradford, England (Oscar Forero and Graham Smith) 5. Forum for the Ugly People - study of an imagined community (Maria Adamczyk)
Part 3: Theory 6. Sociological analysis and socio-political change: juxtaposing elements of the work of Bourdieu, Passeron and Lyotard (Derek Robbins) 7. Cultivating disconcertment (John Law and Wen-yuan Lin) 8. Epistemology and the politics of knowledge (Celine-Marie Pascale)
Part 4: Discourse 9. Populist elements in contemporary American political discourse (Ritchie Savage) 10. Released from gender? Reflexivity, performativity, and therapeutic discourses (Katerina Liskova) 11. Embracing dependency: rethinking (in)dependence in the discourse of care (Bernhard Weicht)
Part 5: Social movements 12. Curious cases: small island states' exceptionalism and its contribution to comparative welfare theory (Zoe Irving) 13. The political-opportunity structure of the Spanish anti-war movement (2002-2004) and its impact (Isis Sanchez Estelles) 14. Between mobility and mobilization - lifestyle migration and the practice of European identity in political struggles (Michael Janoschka)
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