Adv Sem:Soc of Culture

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 6038

In his sociology of knowledge, Karl Mannheim asked the question: How do men think? This seminar focuses on the question of social reality, and more specifically on ideas and their relationship to social practice; therefore, it gives a central space to the notions of meaning, belief, and representation. It raises epistemological issues, pertaining to the possibilities and conditions of a sociological knowledge of the social. This semester, the seminar focuses on the notion of unconscious in social life; we read the work of Karl Mannheim, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Sigmund Freud, Claude Levi- Strauss, and Jeffrey Alexander, among others.

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