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Novels and the Sociology of the Contemporary (Hardcover): Arpad Szakolczai
Novels and the Sociology of the Contemporary (Hardcover): Arpad Szakolczai

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Novels and the Sociology of the Contemporary (Hardcover)

Arpad Szakolczai

Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought, 110

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This book substantiates two claims. First, the modern world was not simply produced by "objective" factors, rooted in geographical discoveries and scientific inventions, to be traced to economic, technological or political factors, but is the outcome of social, cultural and spiritual processes. Among such factors, beyond the Protestant ethic (Max Weber), the rise of the absolutist state and its disciplinary network (Michel Foucault), or court society (Norbert Elias), a prime role is played by theatre. The modern reality is deeply theatricalized. Second, a special access for studying this theatricalized world is offered by novels. The best classical novels not simply can be interpreted as describing a world "like" the theatre, but they capture and present a world that has become thoroughly transformed into a global theatre. The theatre effectively transformed the world, and classical novels effectively analyze this "theatricalized" reality - much better than the main instruments supposedly destined to study reality, philosophy and sociology. Thus, instead of using the technique of sociology to analyze novels, the book will treat novels as a "royal road" to analyze a theatricalized reality, in order to find our way back to a genuine and meaningful life.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought, 110
Release date: May 2016
First published: 2016
Authors: Arpad Szakolczai
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Unsewn / adhesive bound
Pages: 386
ISBN-13: 978-1-138-65559-1
Barcode: 9781138655591
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LSN: 1-138-65559-7

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