By Professor Barry Smart
Barry clever bargains a wide-ranging and demanding dialogue of ways problems with reflexivity, ethics and ethical accountability tell social and political notion. via a severe dialogue of the `ambivalent end result' of social research, exemplified particularly by means of the paintings of Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo, Beck, Bourdieu, Goffman, Giddens, Levinas and Bauman, this ebook submits that a major accountability of social enquiry this present day is to have interaction severely with the ethical problems and moral dilemmas that have arisen with regards to modernity.
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Extra info for Facing Modernity: Ambivalence, Reflexivity and Morality (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society)
Thought constitutes reflection and simultaneously transforms that on which it reflects. It is precisely this reflexive articulation of thought and being which has been identified as a defining feature of modernity. It is the fundamental contribution of social scientific reflection to the 'reflexivity of modernity' as a whole to which Giddens has drawn attention, with particular emphasis being placed upon the centrality of sociological reason. Giddens remarks that sociology's pivotal position 'in the reflexivity of modernity comes from its role as the most generalised type of reflection upon modern social life' (1990: 41).
To paraphrase Berger and Kellner, sociology has from its beginnings 'discovered its object[s] along with the methods of studying it[them]' (1982: 10) and the various objects and methods of inquiry discovered have continued to circulate within the discipline. In consequence, within sociology it is not so much a unified body of knowledge as perspectives on the social world, each generating their own forms of knowledge, which have tended to accumulate. e. social facts, society, social action, sociation, social systems, etc.
143). Sociological Ambivalence The idea that the social sciences are closely articulated with modernity is indisputable. , 1983: 1). The social sciences have been recognized to be 'deeply implicated' in modernity (Giddens, 1990: 40), to be bound up with it. Likewise, it has been noted that the social and human sciences only became possible with the emergence of the modern epistemological configuration, in particular with the constitution of that ambiguous figure of 'man', the subject and object of knowledge (Foucault, 1973: 344).