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Нехегемонна теория и постзападна социология: западното познание и неговата криза
Non-hegemonic Theory and Post-Western Sociology: Western Knowledge and Its Crisis

Author(s): Laurence Roulleau-Berger
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social Theory, Globalization
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: sociology of knowledge; non-hegemonic sociologies; re-easternization; epistemic injustice; Chinese sociology

Summary/Abstract: Based on а epistemological co-production with Chinese sociologists, we propose that by addressing common concepts, a Post-Western Sociology enables a dialogue on a level footing. This type of sociology addresses concepts situated in European and Asian theories that consider the modes of creating continuities and discontinuities, as well as the conjunctions and disjunctions between knowledge spaces situated in different social contexts (Roulleau-Berger, 2016). We describe an ecology of knowledge in the Western-West, the non-Western-West, the semi-Western West, the Western East, the Eastern East, and the re-Easternized East situated on an epistemological continuum. We introduce the idea of the de-multiplication, the complexification, and the hierarchization of new epistemic autonomies vis-à-vis Western hegemonies in sociology and the new epistemic assemblages between European and Chinese sociologies (Roulleau-Berger, 2016; Roulleau-Berger & Li Peilin, 2018). Furthermore, we offer a definition of Post-Western sociology and demonstrate its theoretical and methodological application. Then, we identify some transnational theories, theoretical discontinuities and continuities, and common knowledges situated in both Western and non-Western contexts.

  • Issue Year: 53/2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 473-493
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Bulgarian