This book argues that the transition by Western society to late
modernity has weakened the social order, creating a quasi-anomic
state that favors those conditions that place culture in a position
of prominence. The preponderance of culture over social, with its
affinity for profane and its immanent nature, is posited by the
author to have a major impact on the fabric of social life and its
implications especially on social solidarity. Gabriel A. Barhaim
employs a number of ideas and concepts to illuminate the central
theme of a feeble social order. Such concepts are, among others,
crisis of reference, desacralization of the social order, the
predominance of individual networks as a new form of social
solidarity, overpowering of the public sphere, and the reduction in
authority of collective representations.
The persistent crisis of the social order--strongly visible in
the disappearance of major ideologies on the one hand, and in the
disintegration of the state and its institutions on the other
hand--has been the impetus to cultural phenomena whose prevailing
themes encode the fate of individuals, both symbolically and
expressively. Barhaim regards the social order as the inspiring
scene of action, while culture, with its diverse modes of
expressions, provides guiding commentaries. In grappling with these
topics in each chapter, the analysis reveals the many facets of
culture and the many symbolic forms it takes. All of this provides
the necessary commentaries needed to make sense of a bewildered
social life, in the context of late modernity.
These commentaries should be viewed mostly as a path to
understanding the pressing social arrangements, interactions,
practices, of contemporary life. Three out of the eight chapters
are concerned with the East-Central European experience.
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