Society and the Absurd: A Sociology of Conflictual Encounters
by SGiora Shoham (9781845190675)

Society and the Absurd: A Sociology of Conflictual Encounters
 

SGiora Shoham


Release Date: 01 October 2005
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 256
Category: Social, Group Or Collective Psychology
Publisher: SUSSEX ACADEMIC PRESS
ISBN: 9781845190675




There is an unbridgeable controversy between the functionalist sociologist who anchors his theories on society and the group, and the existentialist who bathes his thoughts on the individual. Durkheim and Parsons, as well as many contemporary American sociologists, are adjustment based in the sense that all those individuals who rock the boat even if they are creative innovators would be labelled deviant or mad. The existentialists, from Kierkegaard to Buber, regard the individual as the focus of life; they see philosophy and society as at best a curbing control-structure and at worst coercing, stigmatizing and ostracizing. The present volume treads in the giant footsteps of Albert Camus who saw the absurd as the conflictual encounter between the individual and society. Society and the Absurd attempts to overcome this deep sociological controversy by investigating absurdity through the prism of an interdisciplinary theory of personality.

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