The Relational-Processual Turn in Sociology: Relationism in Empirical Studies

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 14:30-16:20
RC16 Sociological Theory (host committee)

Language: English

Since the publication of the article 'Manifesto for a Relational Sociology' by Mustafa Emirbayer in 1997, relational sociology has been closely associated with processual thinking, in opposition to 'substantialism' which views phenomena at the state of rest. This general processual approach has been developed through diverse concepts coming from different theories and approaches (e.g. Bourdieu, Deleuze, Elias, Tarde, Tilly, pragmatism, Whitehead, etc.). To this session, we would like to invite papers discussing the theoretical and methodological implications of this relational-processual turn especially in relation to two main goals: first, an attempt to find unity or at least shared features in the various basic processual principles and concepts; and, second, how these ideas and concepts could be put to use inempirical research.
Session Organizers:
Francois DEPELTEAU, Laurentian University, Canada and Olli PYYHTINEN, University of Tampere, Finland
Oral Presentations
A Procedural Methodology
Stephan LORENZ, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Relationalizing Contact Theory: The Dynamics of Contact and Contention
Chares DEMETRIOU, Lund University, Sweden; Eitan ALIMI, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Thinking Relationally between and Beyond Fields
Vanina LESCHZINER, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada
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