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Towards a Critical Sociology (Routledge Revivals)
An Essay on Commonsense and Imagination





ISBN 9780415573108
Published April 15, 2011 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

For the better part of its history sociology shared with commonsense its assumption of the ‘nature-like’ character of society – and consequently developed as the science of unfreedom. In this powerful and engaging work, first published in 1976, Professor Bauman outlines the historical roots of such a science and describes how the new trends in sociology emerging from phenomenology and existentialism do not challenge this preoccupation. Rather, he claims, they deepen and extend it by stressing the key role of commonsense, particularly the ways in which it is sustained and embedded in the routines and assumptions of everyday life.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Science of Unfreedom  1. Second nature’ Defined  2. ‘Second nature’ Deified  3. ‘Second Nature’ and the Commonsense Part 2: Critique of Sociology  4. The Husserlian Revolution  5. The Existentialist Restoration  6. ‘Second Nature’ Vindicated  Part 3: Critique of Unfreedom  7. Technical and Emancipatory Reason  8. ‘Second Nature’ Seen Historically  9. Can Critical Sociology be a Science?  10.Truth and Authentication.

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