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Simmel and Beyond
The Contemporary Relevance of Simmel’s Thought

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ISBN 9781032000916
February 21, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Bringing together the work of scholars from across Europe, this book shows how Simmel's categories can be used to explore contemporary issues and further shed light on trends characteristic of global modernity. Thematically organised around the major societal challenges currently faced by developed countries – those of making societies that are inclusive, reflexive and creative, sustainable, and democratic societies – it examines diverse phenomena, such as living in an increasingly multicultural societies, the social exclusion of vulnerable ethnic groups, the reception of migrants or refugees from politically unstable and economically depressed countries , the need to fight climate change, the rise of political populism, and the recruitment of youths from western countries to Islamic religious fundamentalism. Drawing on Simmel’s sociological theory and expounding new approaches to research inspired by his work, this volume emphasises the conceptual pillars of Simmelian thought, meanings, processes, and forms. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and social theory with interests in the work of Simmel and its contemporary relevance.

Table of Contents


Part I: Inclusive Societies

1. Building a Bridge of Justice: Simmel’s view to overcome otherness towards an inclusive society
Pedro Caetano and Maria Mendes

2. Real Bridges and Mental Borders in a Transylvanian Ethnically Mixed Community
Stefania Toma

3. Roma/Ciganos and the condition of internal strange in Portuguese society: the construction of otherness
Maria Mendes and Olga Magano

4. Social cohesion through outside threats and multiple identities: Simmel's legacy in the analysis of social conflicts
Michael Nollert

Part II: Innovative Societies

5. Contemporary insights on Simmel’s approach to nature
Philippe Boudes

6. Back to Simmel: a new approach to third-party reproduction
Catarina Delaunay

7. Simmel’s formal sociology and the risk of mass society
Martti Siisiäinen

8. The Simmelian Digital Metropolis: A Cultural Perspective on Video Gaming and the Internet Age
Jacob Hardy

Part III: Reflective Societies

9. Simmelian Concept of Life and Life-Capital in the Bio-capitalism 
Barbara Markowska

10. Spirituality, science and dissonances of modernity – in dialogue between Simmel and Weber
Michal Warchala

11. Religiosity and the Law of the Individual: Converts to Islam and the search for the authentic self
Thomas Sealey

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Pedro Caetano is an integrated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center of Social Sciences of the New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Maria Manuela Mendes is Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Lisbon, and researcher at Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia, Iscte—Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal.