work in progress in social theory and cultural sociology

Discontented with Happiness

04.12.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Today I’ve woken up to the news that the UK branch of the Action for Happiness was launched. What a coincidence – I’ve just finished reading Isaac Asimov’s The End of Eternity, which is a great book – and also a great manifesto against engineering “happiness”. Mind you – I don’t have anything against the ...

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Ethical selving determined?

01.11.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Apparently I am a “macro-structural” determinist now. I wasn’t aware of that , but according Reijonen 2011 (in an article titled ‘Environmentally friendly consumer: from determinism to emergence” in the section on “macro-structuralism”) my article on “Ethical selving in cultural contexts” makes me just that: Several scholars advocate a particular type of dominant social paradigm (Kilbourne ...

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“Islamification” again…

01.10.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The paranoid myth of the “Islamisation of Europe” is easy to debunk, but doesn’t seem to go away nonetheless. Normally being the anti-Muslim bigots’ favourite fixed idea, it’s the Independent’s turn to talk, rather unhelpfully, about the “Islamification of Britain” – and this time it’s not as usual about immigration and absurdly misrepresented Muslim birth ...

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David A Borman Critiques Honneth’s Theory of Recognition

10.15.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

David A Borman’s 2009 paper on ‘Labour, Exchange and Recognition’ gave me a bit of a shock as, at first, it looked like making the same points as my 2010 paper on ‘Reciprocity, Recognition and Labor Value’ … and thus robbing me of any claim to originality. For example when specifying the recognition function of commodity exchange: ...

Islamisation as Westernisation?

10.07.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

Reading and learning for a proposal on Turkish/European Muslim Consumer Identifications I am still going through the literature – I am intrigued by what I just found in Hakan Yavuz’s Islamic Political Identity in Turkey on Islamic revival and liberal capitalism (which makes particular sense in the light of how Turkey managed to weather the credit ...

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Duygu reviews Pamuk

09.16.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

… and finds his last book “The Museum of Innocence” disappointing. Of particular concern is the (apparently) weak attempt at auto-ethnography: I think Pamuk wants to tap into a trend that previously brought him popularity, and what better way than to establish a museum. Museums are a well-known example of institutionalised cultural translation, and issues ...

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Science Fiction and Imagining Social Worlds

09.16.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

… it’s often been said that science fiction isn’t really about science and technology – all that is only a means for the author to create social worlds without the constraint of setting them into already existing contexts (while the science in the fiction provides the indispensable plausibility of a realistic daydream). I’ve been reading Jack Vance’s ...

Islamisation of Europe? Nonsense!

09.09.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve subscribed to daily e-mail updates from Hudson New York as they’ve got a good daily synopsis of the Turkish newspapers. What I found in today’s inbox, however, was more of a junk mail – so obviously bunk that I guess I’m involuntarily repeating what has been said by others over and over again… Soeren Kern’s ...

Idioms of Islam – idioms of consumerism… a note on Mardin

09.02.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

In his ground-breaking analysis of the emergence of the Nurcu movement in Turkey, Şerif Mardin operates with the concept of an “Islamic idiom” in order to explain how the receptiveness for Islamic legitimation has survived the secularist onslaught of Kemalism in the first decades after the demise of the Ottoman Empire. ‘Every author who has ...

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