BINDER, Werner. Social imaginaries and the limits of differential meaning : A cultural sociological critique of symbolic meaning structures. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie. Wiesbaden: Springer, 2019, vol. 44, Supplement 2, p. 17-35. ISSN 1011-0070. doi:10.1007/s11614-019-00371-2.
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Original name Social imaginaries and the limits of differential meaning : A cultural sociological critique of symbolic meaning structures
Authors BINDER, Werner (276 Germany, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Wiesbaden, Springer, 2019, 1011-0070.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 50401 Sociology
Country of publisher Germany
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14230/19:00111337
Organization unit Faculty of Social Studies
UT WoS 000496294000002
Keywords in English Cultural sociology; Cornelius Castoriadis; social imaginary; Niklas Luhmann; structuralism
Tags rivok
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Dr. Werner Binder, učo 119115. Changed: 2/1/2020 21:36.
Elaborating on theories of the social imaginary, this contribution addresses the shortcomings of a differential conception of meaning, which is widespread in the social and cultural sciences. After a brief literature review, a preliminary concept of the social imaginary and its sociological relevance will be outlined drawing on the works of Taylor and others. The theoretical argument of this article, the fundamental difference and complementarity between the differential logic of the symbolic and the fuzzy logic of the imaginary, will be developed in a discussion of structuralism and one of its most fervent critics: Castoriadis. The latter developed his account of the social imaginary as a critique of Marxist reductionism, of the structuralist analysis of language and totemism, and of "ensemblistic-identitarian logic" in general. The social imaginary, as a reservoir of meaning and condition for the emergence of new meanings, not only illuminates the blind spots in these theories, but also has the potential to transform our thinking about culture and society.
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