Modernity, Contingency and Development in Contemporary Sociology. Should We Carry on Theorizing?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 21 (Juridicum)
WG02 Historical and Comparative Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

Sociology appeared and developed mainly as a means to deal with modernity – however it was named. Moreover processes that were unfolding were identified, beyond what could be synchronically defined, in the long run. Rationalization, commodification, individualization, burocratization, secularization, have played a huge role in the history of sociology and of the self-conception of modernity. 
Should we carry on theorizing it? Do these concepts have a role to play in a diachronic analytical outlook? Or is sociology left simply to take the world as it is, without asking any longer about the generation, reiteration and overcoming of the world in which we live? Starting from empirical works or historical analysis, the goal of this session is to put this kind of discussion back on the agenda. The very idea of theory is thereby put forward in a direct way.
Session Organizer:
Jose Mauricio DOMINGUES, IESP-UERJ, Brazil
Forget Modernity? Social Theory Anew
Kathya ARAUJO, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile
How (not) to Theorize Processes: Lessons from the Past
Wolfgang KNOEBL, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany