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Към политическа икономия на разказа в историите за социологията (методологически бележки върху един конкретен исторически казус)
Towards the Political Economy of the Narrative in the Histories of Sociology (Methodological Notes on a Historical Case)

Author(s): Svetla Marinova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: On the basis of the study and analysis of relatively elementary cases of (re-)construction of the past of German sociology, the text aims at provoking a critical and self-reflexive attitude towards the enterprise of history of sociology, pointing the attention to its political, in the wide sense, functions. The early (re-)constructions of the past of sociology are analysed with the instruments of the Bourdieusian theory of the field, which means most generally in the context of the specific historical conditions under which sociology was practiced and more exactly as actions being the product of interests that were not necessarily reflected. The methodological these, for whose conceptualizing I propose the concept of ‘political economy of reason’, is that the meaning of the enterprise of history of sociology can be adequately understood provided that the narratives of sociology are studied as products of the relation between the specific interests, individual and/or collective, of their authors, i.e. between the positionally determined interests on the one hand and, on the other, the not-always-explicit rules imposed by the structure of the field within which these narratives were produced.

  • Issue Year: 43/2011
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 119-138
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian