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The Limits of Sociology Or, Towards the Topical Reaffirmation of a Possible Sociology of Art, but Also of a Sociology of Human Imagination

Author(s): Elena Mihailovska
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The predominantly essayistic character of the article has been retained in its connection with the conference for which the text was intended. In this way the author’s thesis (which inevitably requires to be more thoroughly argued and given greater precision in the future) remains directly bound to several fundamental questions from which it originated. These questions were provoked mostly by what occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York; in other words, they arose with a crucial historical event, the meaning of which has yet to be clarified more fully. This event forces us to ask ourselves what, in general, our sociological reactions are with regard to, until then, the unthinkable and the inconceivable. Reality is getting to resemble a second-rate (or perhaps an all too good) action movie and in order to foresee what will happen next we resort to the help of specialists in the field of fiction (and of special film effects): does this imply that we have at our disposal categories of the unforeseeable? How should we conceive of the social links and dependencies and can we apply a certain sociology of art to the problem? – More precisely, a sociology of art that is purposely changing into a kind of sociology of human imagination and of the collective imaginary?

  • Issue Year: 34/2002
  • Issue No: 1+2
  • Page Range: 21-26
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian