This is a work of social theory and philosophy which seeks to make the constitution of social theory a ‘social’ activity. It is essentially a collaborative text, by five authors, committed to a re-awakening of some of the forgotten dimensions of social theorizing. The collaborative work was originally occasioned by an attempt to analyse the notion of social stratification and its treatment in the sociological tradition. The authors’ main concern here is with the nature of social theorizing, and in particular the ‘difference’ between Self and Other, being and beings, Language and Speech. The papers in the book focus on themes that are fundamental to the sense of inquiry and tradition which they are concerned to display. The themes discussed include speech, Language, Identity, Difference, Critical Tradition, Community, Metaphor, Dialectics, Observing and Reading.
1. Introduction: Critical Tradition Barry Sandywell 2. Marx, Alienation and Speech Barry Sandywell 3. Davis and Moore, Market Speech and Community David Silverman 4. Class and Difference Maurice Roche 5. Sociology and Social Stratification: Issues of Reflexivity and Tradition Paul Filmer 6. Stratifying Speech Michael Phillipson