Social Crisis and Societalization: A Cultural Sociology of Boundary Tension and Civil Repair

The CEScene

The Institute of Sociology invites you for a very special lecture dedicated to Prof. Piotr Sztompka. The open lecture will be given by American sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander.

Social Crisis and Societalization: A Cultural Sociology of Boundary Tension and Civil Repair

11 March 2014 (Tuesday), at 16.00
Aula Collegium Novum

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Summary of the Lecture:

Drawing from cultural sociological concepts and employing narrative methods, this essay develops a theory of “societalization” to explain social reaction to three recent, globally significant upheavals – the financial crisis, church pedophilia, and media phone-hacking. While each of these strains was endemic for years and even decades, they had failed to generate broad crises: Reactions to strains were confined inside institutional boundaries and handled by intra-institutional elites according to the cultural logics of their particular spheres. The boundaries between spheres can be breached and the “steady state” disrupted only if there is code switching…

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