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dc.contributor.authorCarreira da Silva, F
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-06T09:07:56Z
dc.date.available2015-10-06T09:07:56Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationSociology 2015. doi: 10.1177/0038038515587650
dc.identifier.issn0038-0385
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/251295
dc.description.abstract<jats:p>This article offers an outline of a pragmatic sociology of the book. Whilst ubiquitous, books have received relatively little attention from sociologists. I propose to remedy this situation by drawing upon the ideas of GH Mead, namely his neo-Hegelian theory of the subject–object relationship. Mead’s chief insight is that objects such as books are first social and only then physical entities. They have agency not because of their thing-ness, so to speak, but because of their sociality. After reviewing the existing literature on the book, I discuss Mead’s most relevant contributions. In the proposal for a pragmatic sociology of the book that follows, I combine pragmatism’s focus upon the materiality of meaning-production with genealogy’s concern with power and violence. I conclude with an illustration of the approach: the simultaneous decanonization of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America among sociologists today and its canonization in political science.</jats:p>
dc.description.sponsorshipThis article has been written with the support of a British Academy-Leverhulme Small Research Grant (SG132730).
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.subjectbook
dc.subjectGH Mead
dc.subjecthistory of sociology
dc.subjectmateriality
dc.subjectobject
dc.subjectpragmatism
dc.subjectsocial theory
dc.titleFollowing the Book: Towards a Pragmatic Sociology of the Book
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Sage via http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038515587650
prism.publicationDate2015
prism.publicationNameSociology
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-03-01
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2015-06-25
dc.contributor.orcidCarreira da Silva, Filipe [0000-0003-2459-0802]
dc.identifier.eissn1469-8684
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2016-07-11


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