The Relational-Processual Turn in Sociology: Theoretical Discussions and Debates

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
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
Towards a Processual Understanding of Action and Actors
Gregor BONGAERTS, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Relational Ontology of the Social World: Charles H. Cooley's Paradigm
Aleksander MANTERYS, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Distributed Papers
Process-Sociological Concept of Power and Democratization and Its Empirical Implications
Behrouz ALIKHANI, Reserch fellow and lecturer at the Institute for Sociology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, Germany
Towards a Neo-Eliasian Framework for Processual-Relational Sociology: The Case of Chinese Party-State Formation, 1920-1953
Andreas MULVAD, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Lars Bo KASPERSEN, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Humanism and Anti-Humanism: Operationalizing (with) Luhmann
Jean-Sebastien GUY, Dalhousie University, Canada
A New Empirical Object for Relational-Processual Sociology: Elite Multigenerational Enterprise Families
Jeremy SCHULZ, University of California Berkely, USA; Isabell STAMM, Technical University Berlin, Germany
(Tardian) Monadology and Sociology (of Law)
Michał DUDEK, Department of Sociology of Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
Processual Individuals and Their Experiences
Vera WEILER, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), Colombia
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