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The Strong Program In Cultural Sociology: Elements of a Structural Hermeneutics (with Philip Smith)

Jeffrey C. Alexander and Philip Smith

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter evaluates the competing models or understandings of culture currently available to social theory using the concept of cultural autonomy. It highlights the fundamental flaws that ... More


The Discourse of American Civil Society

Jeffrey C. Alexander and Philip Smith

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0015
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter analyzes the discourse on civil society in the U.S. It explains that civil society consists of actors and the relationships between actors and institutions, and that at the heart of the ... More


Who Speaks in the Space of Opinion?

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797929
eISBN:
9780199944170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Chapter 4 provides a detailed analytical map of the contemporary U.S. space of opinion and the cultural beltway of elite institutional spaces which surrounds it. Drawing on large samples of opinion ... More


The Enron Scandal

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797929
eISBN:
9780199944170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Chapter 7 is an in-depth case-study of opinion narratives of the Enron scandal, beginning December 2001. It finds that while narratives of elite corruption dominated commentary about the scandal, ... More


The War on Terror

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797929
eISBN:
9780199944170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Chapter 8 is an in-depth case-study of the opinion narratives in the War on Terror. It analyzes the complex, contradictory ways in which specific speakers, opinion styles and claims to authority ... More


The Future of Opinion

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797929
eISBN:
9780199944170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Chapter 9 places empirical findings about mediated deliberation in the context of research about the declining quality of mediated public communication. It suggests that larger questions about ... More


Why care about carers?

Claire Murray

in Ethical and Legal Debates In Irish Healthcare: Confronting complexities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719099465
eISBN:
9781526104410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099465.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter considers why we should care about carers and engages with different theoretical approaches to recognising the caring relationship and the implications of this for those involved in such ... More


The limits of autonomy: an exploration of the role of autonomy in the debate about assisted suicide

Louise Campbell

in Ethical and Legal Debates In Irish Healthcare: Confronting complexities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719099465
eISBN:
9781526104410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099465.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter provides an analysis of the main ethical issues which arise in the debate about assisted suicide, with particular attention to the role played by the concept of autonomy in the ... More


Patient autonomy and responsibilities within the patient–doctor partnership: two sides of the same unequal coin?

Asim A. Sheikh

in Ethical and Legal Debates In Irish Healthcare: Confronting complexities

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719099465
eISBN:
9781526104410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099465.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter asks whether the language and idea of the doctor-patient partnership, which embraces the notion of patient autonomy, is one which also places responsibilities on patients as well as on ... More


Communicating Democracy: or Shine, Perishing Republic

Eugene Halton

in The Great Brain Suck: And Other American Epiphanies

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226314655
eISBN:
9780226314679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226314679.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

When one looks at recent presidential elections, political symbolism appears to be so powerful in the United States as to have utterly annihilated politics. Not only has political discourse been ... More


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