Yet Dewey’s theory of habit is central to his philosophy and has been mostly overlooked by social scientists. To complement and contribute to the growth of social scientific scholarship in the pragmatic tradition, especially one concerned with democratic processes of socialinquiry and social reconstruction, I attempt to flesh out some fundamental dimensions of Dewey’s work on habit. I suggest that an understanding of the central role of habit in Dewey’s body of work opens up the discourse to his associated ideas of embodiment, imagination and community – all of
This book makes the case for a pragmatist approach to the practice of social inquiry and knowledge production. Through diverse examples from multiple disciplines, contributors explore the power of pragmatism to inform a practice of inquiry that is democratic, community-centred, problem-oriented and experimental. Drawing from both classical and neo-pragmatist perspectives, the book advances a pragmatist sensibility in which truth and knowledge are contingent rather than universal, made rather than found, provisional rather than dogmatic, subject to continuous experimentation rather than ultimate proof and verified in their application in action rather than in the accuracy of their representation of an antecedent reality. The power of pragmatism offers a path forward for mobilizing the practice of inquiry in social research, exploring the implications of pragmatism for the process of knowledge production.
account of pragmatism. And in fundamental respects, the lesson of this living tradition is that classical Pragmatism needs reappraisal and augmentation if it is to act as an aide to understanding contemporary problems facing socialinquiry.
The vibrancy of contemporary philosophical debates about Pragmatism raises the question of whether it is, in fact, even possible any longer to delimit Pragmatism as a distinct tradition. After all, if Pragmatism is characterised, as suggested by Hilary Putnam (1995) , by the primacy it accords to practice in matters of knowledge
, transnationalism as a phenomena ‘does not swirl blithely free of
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Irish adventures in nation-building
the political spaces of nation-states’.14 According to Anthony Smith, a
sociologist of nationalism, ‘the world nation-state system has become an
enduring and stable component of our whole cognitive outlook’.15 As
put by Ulrick Beck, the nation-state came ‘to constitute the container of
society and the boundary of sociology’.16 Methodological nationalism is
a term used by sociologists to refer to socialinquiry which is
Refiguring childhood stages a series of encounters with biosocial power, which is a specific zone of intensity within the more encompassing arena of biopower and biopolitics. Assembled at the intersection of thought and practice, biosocial power attempts to bring envisioned futures into the present, taking hold of life in the form of childhood, thereby bridging being and becoming while also shaping the power relations that encapsulate the social and cultural world(s) of adults and children. Taking up a critical perspective which is attentive to the contingency of childhoods – the ways in which particular childhoods are constituted and configured – the method used in the book is a transversal genealogy that moves between past and present while also crossing a series of discourses and practices framed by children’s rights (the right to play), citizenship, health, disadvantage and entrepreneurship education. The overarching analysis converges on contemporary neoliberal enterprise culture, which is approached as a conjuncture that helps to explain, and also to trouble, the growing emphasis on the agency and rights of children. It is against the backdrop of this problematic that the book makes its case for refiguring childhood. Focusing on the how, where and when of biosocial power, Refiguring childhood will appeal to researchers and students interested in examining the relationship between power and childhood through the lens of social and political theory, sociology, cultural studies, history and geography.
questionnaire was conceived for this study, and discussed with specialists in
techniques of socialinquiries from Alexandru Ioan Cuza and Gheorghe Asachi
Technical universities in Iasi. Over 2,500 questionnaires were processed for the
first part of the report regarding consultation with citizens. Face-to face interviews
were used. For data collection and analysis, the following aspects were considered:
• Three sources of drinking water from different treatment plants were selected
(two surface water sources and one underground source). The level of treatment per source is
the complexity of the world to manageable proportions. Even if we acknowledge that they are simplifications, we approach socialinquiry with a predefined lexicon that allows us to find ‘gentrification’, ‘neoliberalism’, ‘planetary urbanism’, ‘settler colonialism’ or the ‘post-political’ (to highlight some of the most popular concepts in critical socialinquiry today) because those are the things we expect to find. If we use large datasets and analytical models, we look for predictable patterns to find the universal causal processes behind complex activities such as
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The book explores the relationship between violence against women on one hand,
and the rights to health and reproductive health on the other. It argues that
violation of the right to health is a consequence of violence, and that (state)
health policies might be a cause of – or create the conditions for – violence
against women. It significantly contributes to feminist and international human
rights legal scholarship by conceptualising a new ground-breaking idea, violence
against women’s health (VAWH), using the Hippocratic paradigm as the backbone of
the analysis. The two dimensions of violence at the core of the book – the
horizontal, ‘interpersonal’ dimension and the vertical ‘state policies’
dimension – are investigated through around 70 decisions of domestic, regional
and international judicial or quasi-judicial bodies (the anamnesis). The concept
of VAWH, drawn from the anamnesis, enriches the traditional concept of violence
against women with a human rights-based approach to autonomy and a reflection on
the pervasiveness of patterns of discrimination (diagnosis). VAWH as theorised
in the book allows the reconceptualisation of states’ obligations in an
innovative way, by identifying for both dimensions obligations of result, due
diligence obligations, and obligations to progressively take steps (treatment).
The book eventually asks whether it is not international law itself that is the
ultimate cause of VAWH (prognosis).
Richly illustrated with over 110 colour and black and white images, the book
productively contests the supposedly exclusive feminine aspect of the style
moderne (art deco). It explores how alternative, parallel and overlapping
experiences and expressions of decorative modernism, nationalism, gender and
sexuality in the heady years surrounding World War I converge in the protean
figure of the deco dandy. As such, the book significantly departs from and
corrects the assumptions and biases that have dominated scholarship on and
popular perceptions of art deco. The book outlines how designed products and
representations of and for the dandy both existed within and outwith normative
expectations of gender and sexuality complicating men’s relationship to consumer
culture more broadly and the moderne more specifically. Through a sustained
focus on the figure of the dandy, the book offers a broader view of art deco by
claiming a greater place for the male body and masculinity in this history than
has been given to date. The mass appeal of the dandy in the 1920s was a way to
redeploy an iconic, popular and well-known typology as a means to stimulate
national industries, to engender a desire for all things made in France.
Important, essential and productive moments in the history of the cultural life
of Paris presented in the book are instructive of the changing role performed by
consumerism, masculinity, design history and national identity.