1st Edition

Understanding Recognition Conceptual and Empirical Studies

    228 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the concept of recognition shifts from philosophical theory to other fields of the humanities and social sciences, this volume explores the nature of this border category that exists in the space between sociological and philosophical considerations, related as it is to concepts such as status, prestige, the looking-glass self, respect, and dignity - at times being used interchangeably with these terms.

    Bringing together work from across academic disciplines, it presents theoretical conceptualizations of recognition, demonstrates its operationalization in historical and literary research, considers recognition as a fundamental problem of sociological theory and examines the concept as a marker of social distances and redistribution. An examination and demonstration of the full potential of recognition as a category, Understanding Recognition: Conceptual and Empirical Studies explores the contemporary meanings and manifestations of recognition and sheds light on its capacity to complement the notions of status, class or prestige.

    As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and social theory, philosophy, history and literary studies.

    Recognition: An Insight into Past and Present Societies

    Piotr Kulas, Andrzej Waśkiewicz, Stanisław Krawczyk

    Part One


    1. Against a Spiritual Sanatorium: Hegel’s Asymmetrical Conception of Recognition

    Tomáš Korda

    2. Struggle and Shame: A Contribution to the Phenomenology of Recognition

    Andrzej Gniazdowski

    3. The Bourgeoisie as Humanity or Inter-class

    Szymon Wróbel

    Part Two


    4. Micro-sociology of Social Recognition

    Aleksander Manterys

    5. Tactical Boundary-Setting in the Struggle for Recognition

    Marta Bucholc

    6. Dignified Inequality: Recognition of Music Taste and Class Boundaries

    Henryk Domański

    7. Two Recognition Gaps: The Problem of the Distribution of Respect in Polish Society

    Piotr Kulas

    Part Three

    History and Literature

    8. Ancient Greek Aristocracy As a Historical Problem

    Marek Węcowski

    9. A Gentleman’s Leisure, or the Quest for Recognition: Aspiring to Aristocratic Ranks

    Andrzej Waśkiewicz

    10. Recognition and Secularisation: Memorialising Mass Exterminations in Western and Eastern Europe

    Caius Dobrescu

    11. The Problem of Race and Recognition in the Formation of Latin American Identity

    Karolina Filipczak

    12. Popular Authors in Search of Recognition: On the Polish Field of Science Fiction in the 1980s and 1990s

    Stanisław Krawczyk


    Piotr Kulas is University Professor at the Faculty of 'Artes Liberales' at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on elites and the Polish intelligentsia. He is the Head of Elitylab UW.

    Andrzej Waśkiewicz is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, Poland, and the author of Strangers by Choice: An Asocial Philosophy of Life and The Idea of Political Representation and Its Paradoxes.

    Stanisław Krawczyk is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wrocław, Poland. His recent work is primarily in higher education studies.