Ordinary Knowledge: An Introduction to Interpretative Sociology
- Publish Date: 1996-06-03
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Michel Maffesoli
In this important and stylish book, Michel Maffesoli argues that it is impossible to reduce knowledge to a conception of science inherited from the nineteenth century. Instead, he argues, we must go beyond intellectual conformities based on limited and archaic moral or political foundations. This approach emphasizes the growing importance of information and communication in modern societies.
Maffesoli suggests that sociologists have too often succumbed to the positivist fascination of analytical formalism and dualistic thinking. Rather than viewing society as a finished product, he develops an approach which seeks to analyse, in all their nuances and contradictions, the new forms of social life - particularly everyday life - which are beginning to emerge in the late twentieth century.
A timely contribution to current debates, Ordinary Knowledge will be welcomed by students and researchers in sociology and social theory.