Sociology of unintended consequences is commonly depicted as a framework for understanding the outcomes that run counter to the initial intentions of social actors because of factors such as ignorance, error and complexity. This conventional approach, however, is now undergoing change under the influence of more encompassing shifts in framing in social sciences. Indeed, in the last few years, the study of the unintended has evidently moved from the question "What are the sources of the unintended?" to the inquiry "What is it that makes the unintended possible?" or "What risks, but also opportunities, do the unintended entail?"
Explaining this puzzle in relation to the internal dynamics of sociology of unintended consequences, Adriana Mica makes an erudite journey in relation to its three main analytical frameworks, their semantic shifts, setbacks and theoretical revivals. Certainly, through the examination of the use of protective headgear in boxing, this volume renders explicitly the possibilistic turn not only in the specific research of the unintended, but in sociology more generally.
Presenting the contributions of leading sociology theorists in a new light, Sociology as Analysis of the Unintended will appeal to graduate students and researchers interested in fields such as theoretical sociology, sociology of substantive issues and sociology of sport.
PART I. Sociology of unintended consequences
1. Analytical frameworks
3. Tricky processes
PART II. The three analytical frameworks
4. The unanticipated consequences of social action
5. Institutions as unintended consequences of social interaction
6. The mechanisms of reproduction of institutionalized practices
Conclusions: The turn towards the possible, counterfactual and indeterminacy
This timely series brings together cutting-edge scholarship in the emergent field of studies on the flipside of knowledge. It addresses the blossoming interest – within an increasing number of disciplines – in the uses and deployment of strategic not knowing, the right to nonknowledge, of forgetting, of producing and keeping secrets.
From classical perspectives on the unknown to the most recent analyses in theology, brain research, decision making, economics, political science, ethnic discrimination and racism studies, feminist theory, post-colonial studies, and science and technology studies, this interdisciplinary series will serve as an indispensable resource for both students and scholars. The Routledge Research in Ignorance Studies series places the study of ignorance in historical and interdisciplinary context.
Matthias Gross is Professor and Head of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany – firstname.lastname@example.org
Linsey McGoey is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex – email@example.com
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Claudia Aradau, King’s College
Joanna Kempner, Rutgers
Charles Mills, CUNY Graduate Center
John Quiggin, University of Queensland
Ilya Somin, George Mason
Tom Slater, University of Edinburgh
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