Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 42 (2017), 4

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Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 42 (2017), 4
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Changing Power Relations

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Janssen, Philip Jost


Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus. Theoretical and Empirical Approaches in the Twenty-First Century (ed. Stefanie Ernst, Christoph Weischer & Behrouz Alikhani)

In sociology, the range of theories suitable for the explanation of contemporary societal transformation processes and problems is relatively limited. The tendency to over-specialize as well as to re-treat from long-term historical perspectives to contemporary times has also strongly contributed to this kind of limitation. However, the theoretical approaches of Norbert Elias and Pierre Bourdieu are consistent with each other. They offer explanation for the relationship between the macro-structures and individual scopes of action in differently structured societies. Using the concepts of the social habitus, the figuration, and the social field, with the analysis of long-term socio- and psychogenetic developments, and the related shifts between external and internal constraints, they have also created a basis for an empirical and theoretical grasp of the historic-sociological genesis of contemporary problems. Elias and Bourdieu also belong to those sociologists who try to emancipate themselves from the classical philosophical tradition of sociology by favoring an entanglement of theoretical and empirical approaches. The strengths of both of these research approaches present themselves, compared to other approaches in the sociology, firstly in their ability to point out medium- and long-term transformation processes within their social embedding, ambivalences, as well as unintended consequences. Secondly, they are able to name individual adaption requirements using the concepts of habitus or the drag effect. In particular, the interdependent interplay of the institutions’ and the individuals’ inertia has still not been researched enough. In this HSR Special Issue, based on Elias’s and Bourdieu’s concepts, the authors analyze topics relevant to the present day such as work, globalization, social conflicts, immigration, democratization, as well as education.

Furthermore, HSR 42 (2017) 4 contains three contributions in Mixed Issue.

Abstracts of all contributions are available at http//:www.gesis.org/hsr/.
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SPECIAL ISSUE – Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus

Stefanie Ernst, Christoph Weischer & Behrouz Alikhani
Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus. Theoretical and Empirical Approaches in the Twenty-First Century. An Introduction.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.7-21

Nico Wilterdink
The Dynamics of Inequality and Habitus Formation. Elias, Bourdieu, and the Rise of Nationalist Populism.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.22-42

Nina Baur
Process-Oriented Micro-Macro-Analysis. Methodological Reflections on Elias and Bourdieu.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.43-74

Sandra Matthäus
Towards the Role of Self, Worth, and Feelings in (Re-)Producing Social Dominance. Explicating Pierre Bourdieu's Implicit Theory of Affect.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.75-92

Guido Becke
The Subjectivation of Work and Established-Outsider Figurations.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.93-113

Bernd Sommer
Externalisation, Globalised Value Chains, and the Invisible Consequences of Social Actions.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.114-132

Inken Rommel
“We are the People.” Refugee-‘Crisis,’ and the Drag-Effects of Social Habitus in German Society.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.133-154

John Connolly & Paddy Dolan
Habitus, the Writings of Irish Hunger Strikers and Elias’s The Loneliness of the Dying.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.155-168

Stephen Vertigans
Death by ‘African’ Democracy. Killing Consequences of Western Power Prognosis.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.169-188

Behrouz Alikhani
Post-Democracy or Processes of De-Democratization? United States Case Study.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.189-206

Norman Gabriel
Growing Up in Society. A Historical Social Psychology of Childhood.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.207-226

Florence Delmotte, Heidi Mercenier & Virginie Van Ingelgom
Belonging and Indifference to Europe. A Study of Young People in Brussels.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.227-249


Nathalie Bulle
Educating “Modern Mind” in the Light of the Evolution of Western Educational Thought.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.253-279

Günter Mey & Marc Dietrich
From Text to Image – Shaping a Visual Grounded Theory Methodology.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.280-300

Reiner Keller & Angelika Poferl
Soziologische Wissenskulturen zwischen individualisierter Inspiration und prozeduraler Legitimation. Zur Entwicklung qualitativer und interpretativer Sozialforschung in der deutschen und französischen Soziologie seit den 1960er Jahren.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.301-357

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