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Phenomenological Sociology
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Phenomenological Sociology
Experience and Insight in Modern Society



March 2006 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Contemporary society constitutes a different form of modernity and Ferguson's innovative and thoughtful analysis calling for a return to phenomenology demonstrates that a relatively neglected perspective within contemporary sociological thought continues to provide significant insights into modern experiences'
- Barry Smart, Portsmouth University

"This may very well be the most thorough and authoritative analysis of phenomenological sociology ever achieved."
- W.P. Nye , Hollins University

What is phenomenological sociology? Why is it significant? This innovative and thought-provoking book argues that phenomenology was the most significant, wide-ranging and influential philosophy to emerge in the twentieth century.

The social character of phenomenology is explored in its relation to the concern in twentieth century sociology with questions of modern experience. Phenomenology and sociology come together as 'ethnographies of the present'. As such, they break free of the self-imposed limitations of each to establish a new, critical understanding of contemporary life. By reading phenomenology sociologically and sociology phenomenologically, this book reconstructs a phenomenological sociology of modern experience.

Erudite and assured, this book opens up a series of new questions for contemporary social theory that theorists and students of theory can ill-afford to ignore. The text contains a treasure trove of insights and propositions that will stimulate debate and research in both sociology and philosophy.

 
PART ONE: EXPLICATION
 
Astonishment
The Birth and Rebirth of the Phenomenal

 
 
Insight
Edmund Husserl's Clarification of Experience

 
 
Variation
Method and Theme in the Development of Phenomenology

 
 
Dialogue
Phenomenology in Social Theory

 
 
PART TWO: IMPLICATION
 
Experience
Historical Sociology of the Natural Attitude

 
 
Equivocation
Modern Trinitarian Conundrams

 
 
Society
Sociological Reductions

 
 
Indifference
Towards Contemporary Inexperience

 
 
Conclusion
Phenomenological Sociology

 

"This may very well be the most thorough and authoritative analysis of phenomenological sociology ever achieved. The book's conclusion is both strong and surprising."

W.P. Nye
Hollins University

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