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Contemporary culture, today’s capitalism - our global information society - is ever-expanding-- is ever more extensive. And yet we seem to be experiencing a parallel phenomenon which can only be characterized as intensive. This book is dedicated to the study of such intensive culture. While extensive culture is a culture of the same: a culture of fixed equivalence; intensive culture is a culture of difference, of in-equivalence – the singular. Intensities generate what we encounter. They are virtuals or possibilities, always in process and always in movement. Lash carefully defines and distinguishes the intensive from the extensive tracking this change through key areas of social life including: SociologyReligionPhilosophy Language Politics Communication  

Intensive Religion: Emile Durkheim's Elementary Forms
Intensive religion: Emile Durkheim's elementary forms

This chapter is devoted to the study of Emile Durkheim's Formes élémentaires de la vie réligieuse (1968). This book is about the origins of religion. It is about the most elementary forms of religion. Sociologists will know that for Durkheim religion was society itself. Religion was society in the sense that religion was the social group's collective self-representation. What is somewhat less well known is that Elementary Forms describes a transition from some sort of presocial ‘nature’ to the birth of society and religion. The book describes, in other words, the transition from nature to culture. Thus, in a very important way, The Elementary Forms is about the origins of culture. What we will ...

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