Inquiry to Postmodernism #1 – Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punish
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by Tobias
2M ago
Michel Foucault is one the most influential thinkers of the 20th century who studied extensively the relations of power and knowledge structures. In this episode we will take a look at his classic work Discipline and punish to start our inquiry to postmodernism ..read more
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Inquiry to Modern Sociology #3 – Bruno Latour: Reassembling the Social
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by Tobias
2M ago
We take a look at Bruno Latour to end our inquiry to modern sociology.    Actor-network theory is best known for its claim that objects should be viewed as having the capacity of being actors. We will dive into this claim and much more. We will take a look at Latours criticism of critical sociology and introduce ourselves to the alternative approach and view of society and social suggested by Latour in this work ..read more
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Inquiry to Modern Sociology #2 – Viviana A. Zelizer: The Social Meaning of Money
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by Tobias
3M ago
In this episode we will take a look at Viviana Zelizers work regarding the social meaning of money. What kind of differentiations do people make between monies and how do people use money to sustain, form, negotiate and redefine social relations.   Viviana Zelizer has done a extensive career in the field of economical sociology focusing on the connection of markets and morality. In this work she examines the different ways monies are involved in our interpersonal lives and their social and  symbolic attachments beyond the arithmetic.   Support the show ..read more
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Inquiry to Modern Sociology #1 – Manuel Castells: The Rise of the Network Society
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by Tobias
4M ago
In this episode we will take a look at Castells most influential work: The rise of the network society.    Castells has been very influential in many fields including sociology. In this work he argues that industrial society has changed into a network society changing society in fundamental ways.  Throughtout the episode we will examine the characteristics of network society and talk about its consequences.    ''Networks constitute the new social morphology of our societies" Support the show ..read more
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Inquiry to self #1 – George Herbert Mead: Mind, Self & Society
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by Tobias
1y ago
George Herbert Mead was a social psychologists, who's seen as one of the founders of an approach called symbolic interactionism. Mead didn't (unfortunately) publish any books during he's own lifetime. However, he's ideas are represented in Mind, Self & Society, which is constructed through various sources, such as notes taken by his students attending he's  lectures.     Mind, Self & Society has established itself as a essential work of social science. In the work he sketches out his theory of the self, which Mead saw as a product of socialization. Even thought the work ..read more
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Émile Durkheim: On Suicide
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by Tobias
1y ago
Émile Durkheim was a french sociologist who's works have left a tremendous mark on how we interpret, approach and analyze society. In this episode, we will take a look at his work, On Suicide, one of the greatest works of sociology.     In this episode we will stumble on concepts such as social facts and anomie as we take a look at how Durkheim approached the issue of suicide. Is suicide a produce of the individual, something to be explained as a consequence of internal forces, or is the individual affected by something outside of him, by something external, that encourages sel ..read more
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George Orwell: 1984
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by Tobias
1y ago
George Orwell, one the most influential thinkers and writers of the 20th century is best known for his work 1984 along with Animal Farm. 1984 describes the dystopian world of Oceania where people have been deprived from all liberty by Big Brother, the leader of Oceania. There is no such thing as privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of choice or freedom at all. People are watched all the time, their language is restricted, there is no individuality, instead everybody is a product of constant ideological propaganda. Eventually Winston decides to stand up against Big Brother ..read more
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Max Weber: The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit Of Capitalism
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by Tobias
1y ago
Max Weber belongs to the names that create the foundation of sociology. In this classic work, Weber examines the relation between reformation and the creation of the spirit of capitalism. Along the work he sets out a idealistic perspective to examine historical progression of society and broadens the sociological perspective by introducing a way to connect two seemingly distinct societal phenomenons to each other.  ..read more
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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Communist Manifesto
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by Tobias
1y ago
Today we will be taking a look at one the most controversial piece of works ever produced in the history of literature: Communist manifesto.  Communist manifesto is a work that still divides opinions among people. Others argue it to be the root of all evil, never to be experimented again after what happened in the Soviet Union and China. Others argue that there has never been a communist state in the history of mankind but just tyrannies shrouded as communist. How did the world, society, capitalism, class and history looked through the lenses of Marx and Engels? What kind of answers did t ..read more
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Arthur Schopenhauer: The World as Will and Representation
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by Tobias
1y ago
Arthur Schopenhauer belongs to the list of great thinkers that roamed the world in the 19th century.  Schopenhauer can be described as the main figure of philosophical pessimism or at least one of them. Why? Well, existence seems to be a glass half-empty, if the glass ever even had anything. In this work, Arthur Schopenhauer builds on Immanuel Kants transcendental idealism, as he argues that the noumenal world, which by Kant was deemed impossible to know, is reacheable. What Kant described as thing-in-itself, Schopenhauer recognizes as will. Well, what exactly is this will that Schopenha ..read more
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