Society and Culture reclaims the classical heritage, provides a clear-eyed assessment of the promise of sociology in the 21st century and asks whether the `cultural turn' has made the study of society redundant. Sociologists have objected to the rise of cultural studies on the grounds that it produces cultural relativism and lacks a stable research agenda. This book looks at these criticisms and illustrates the relevance of a sociological perspective in the analysis of human practice. The book argues that the classical tradition must be treated as a living tradition, rather than a period piece. It analyzes the fundamental principles of belonging and conflict in society and provides a detailed critical survey of the p

Organisms

Organisms

Organisms, especially the human body, have historically provided a rich source of metaphors for describing and understanding social relations and social processes. Within Western cultures, this metaphorical use of organism as a description of social structures derived considerable analytical and ideological strength from the centrality of the notion of Christ's body as a description of the Church as the body of the faithful. The Eucharistic festival provided the means of entry into the body of Christ as the fabric and foundation of the Church in both this world and the next. The notion of a sacrificial meal provided Christian theology with a language of membership, authority and association. Indeed the very notion of an institution as a corporation demonstrates the robustness of the idea ...

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